After fracturing his leg in Round 3 of last season, Newcastle Jets midfielder Ronald Vargas is benefiting from a long pre-season as he looks to soar for a side that stood by him during a tough time.
Playing with screws in his ankle on his A-League return towards the tail end of the Jets last campaign, Vargas has since had them removed and is already feeling freer and fitter.
"It’s feeling very good," Vargas said.
"The screw was out after the final and it’s feeling much better. But of course I need training to feel 100 percent but it’s on the way.
"When I had the screw I had a lot of restriction on the mobilisation of my ankle."
Before having his debut A-League season cut devastatingly short, Vargas was showing real promise for the Jets and will line-up this season in the coveted number 10 jersey.
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Making the most of pre-season, the Venezuelan is determined to make up for lost time with the Jets.
"I missed really the whole season last year," he said.
"I really want to do my job. I hope I can this year and keep fit."
An early test for Vargas and the Jets awaits in the form of Melbourne City, who they will face off against on Wednesday night in the Round of 16 of the FFA Cup.
Having seen off City in the A-League semi-finals last season, Newcastle have their sights set firmly on doing it once again.
"We need to win, that’s the most important," Vargas said.
"Unfortunately we’re going to play away. That is something they have with their crowd and the pitch, but that is why we need to concentrate and find a way to win."