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CMS has point to prove after his Albion injury hell

The Argus: Craig Mackail-Smith makes his return at Barnsley Craig Mackail-Smith makes his return at Barnsley

ALBION striker Craig Mackail-Smith has vowed to justify his club record price tag in the final year of his contract after making his comeback from 13 months out injured.

The former Peterborough marksman came on for the last 12 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Barnsley, which has left the Seagulls five points adrift of the play-offs with six games to go.

Mackail-Smith, signed on a four-year deal for £3.25 million, has scored 21 goals in 81 outings over three frustrating seasons at the Amex.

He told The Argus: “I have been nowhere near what I can do which is really frustrating, especially when you are not playing and you want to show people why they paid the money for you and why you score these goals.

“It’s been difficult both when I’m playing and not playing. The mental side has been harder, trying to convince myself that I am still a good player, I’ve just got to relax and things will change.

“My aim has been to get back this season, be fit and contribute in this play-off push. Over the summer is the time I have to knuckle down, work really hard to get myself as fit and as strong as I can and then next season hit the ground running and actually show what I’m capable of and why the club brought me in.”

Becoming a dad for the first time eight months ago helped Mackail-Smith come through for the daily grind of being stuck in the treatment room. He said: “At one point I thought I might just take a sleeping bag with me and stay there! My daughter was a massive help. Just to go home and see her and spend time with her, knowing everything I do now is for her.”

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7:30am Mon 7 Apr 14

challster says...

Cms, great to see you back. Top post, and moreover looking like a player with long term ambitions with the albion. Looking forward to seeing the trademark seagulls goal celebration once again !
Cms, great to see you back. Top post, and moreover looking like a player with long term ambitions with the albion. Looking forward to seeing the trademark seagulls goal celebration once again ! challster
  • Score: 23

8:48am Mon 7 Apr 14

Clean Sheet says...

Yep, welcome back CMS. It has been a long hard struggle for fitness, and I guess yu wont be fully there until after the next pre-season, but meantime, can you pop in a few goals for us please?
Yep, welcome back CMS. It has been a long hard struggle for fitness, and I guess yu wont be fully there until after the next pre-season, but meantime, can you pop in a few goals for us please? Clean Sheet
  • Score: 13

9:26am Mon 7 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Next season will tell us if your fee was justified, between cms and Hoskins 3 million in wages has been paid in two years, neither has justified that or the fees paid for them. Not even sure Hoskins will be kept, will he make the bench if the manager brings in another number 9 style to support ulloa.
Next season will tell us if your fee was justified, between cms and Hoskins 3 million in wages has been paid in two years, neither has justified that or the fees paid for them. Not even sure Hoskins will be kept, will he make the bench if the manager brings in another number 9 style to support ulloa. mark by the sea
  • Score: -8

9:41am Mon 7 Apr 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

I wonder if we'll ever spend that sort of multi million pound transfer fee again? It's always a big risk if you're not in the premier league and now that we're sticking to FFP perhaps not. Although there is the money from Bridcutt etc, could that be spent on players?
I wonder if we'll ever spend that sort of multi million pound transfer fee again? It's always a big risk if you're not in the premier league and now that we're sticking to FFP perhaps not. Although there is the money from Bridcutt etc, could that be spent on players? East of CrawleyDown
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10:08am Mon 7 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

You are respected by most of us on here CMS, because you give 100% and a bit more. No such thing as a lost cause when you are playing. Hope you are fully fit for the fray tomorrow night
You are respected by most of us on here CMS, because you give 100% and a bit more. No such thing as a lost cause when you are playing. Hope you are fully fit for the fray tomorrow night wiseman of hove
  • Score: 22

11:10am Mon 7 Apr 14

Baldseagull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Next season will tell us if your fee was justified, between cms and Hoskins 3 million in wages has been paid in two years, neither has justified that or the fees paid for them. Not even sure Hoskins will be kept, will he make the bench if the manager brings in another number 9 style to support ulloa.
Hoskins has not had a chance to show us, the longest period of match fitness he had whilst signed to us was a loan period to the Blades. CMS can score, just had too many balls into his feet under Gus, rather than in front of him.
Cheer up Mark, these two regaining fitness is good news. El Rodney may suddenly ignite and score a hatful, in which case Hoskins may move on, but I expect him to be offered a deal, I hope he takes it.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Next season will tell us if your fee was justified, between cms and Hoskins 3 million in wages has been paid in two years, neither has justified that or the fees paid for them. Not even sure Hoskins will be kept, will he make the bench if the manager brings in another number 9 style to support ulloa.[/p][/quote]Hoskins has not had a chance to show us, the longest period of match fitness he had whilst signed to us was a loan period to the Blades. CMS can score, just had too many balls into his feet under Gus, rather than in front of him. Cheer up Mark, these two regaining fitness is good news. El Rodney may suddenly ignite and score a hatful, in which case Hoskins may move on, but I expect him to be offered a deal, I hope he takes it. Baldseagull
  • Score: 12

8:18pm Mon 7 Apr 14

KeefyH69 says...

Craig, you don't suddenly become a bad player. I'm sure you'll rediscover your form. Relax, and don't try too hard and it will come. Then you'll be knocking them in like you did for Peterborough. Guys didn't play to your strengths. We real fans still rate you!
Craig, you don't suddenly become a bad player. I'm sure you'll rediscover your form. Relax, and don't try too hard and it will come. Then you'll be knocking them in like you did for Peterborough. Guys didn't play to your strengths. We real fans still rate you! KeefyH69
  • Score: 5

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