Griffiths gutted by delay to his Argyle career
STRIKER Rhys Griffiths has spoken of his frustration that the worst injury of his career coincided with the start of his time at Plymouth Argyle.
The 32-year-old was snapped up by the Pilgrims from Welsh Premier League club Port Talbot Town in July.
Griffiths put his career as a firefighter in South Wales on hold to make the move into professional football for the first time.
However, on the eve of the new season, Griffiths suffered a calf injury in training and had to wait until September 1 to make his debut.
That was when he came off the bench and scored one of the goals in a 3-2 victory over Northampton Town at Home Park.
However, Griffiths had to be substituted later in the game because of a recurrence of his calf injury and had to sit out the next four matches.
He returned to action for Argyle when they drew 1-1 at home to Paul Sturrock's Southend United on Saturday.
Griffiths was used as a second half substitute, and will be part of the squad when the Pilgrims play away to lowly Wycombe Wanderers in League Two tonight (7.45pm).
He told Herald Sport: "I have never been injured for so long in my whole career.
"It's Sod's law that when you come to the place where you want to play the most, you pick up something.
"In the eagerness of myself to play against Northampton, and perhaps the team needing a lift, I probably came back a week too soon, and it cost me another three or four weeks. It's just one of those things."
Argyle were trailing Northampton 1-0 at half-time when Griffiths was sent on, and by the 74th minute they were 3-1 up and the 6ft 2in striker had been forced to leave the field of play.
"It was a mad 20 minutes," said Griffiths. "I started the half and pretty early on I wasn't particularly comfortable, but we were on the crest of a wave. (Warren) Feeney scored a great goal and then I managed to slot mine in, which was a fantastic feeling, the response of the crowd was amazing.
"That's why I came here, but it was all too short-lived and off I went.
"There are far worse injuries, and far worse things happen at sea, but it's the centre of my world and it has been very frustrating.
"When I played against Northampton I had only been out for three weeks and you aren't going to lose a lot of fitness in that time.
"Seven weeks is a different story altogether, so it's going to take me a little while now to get back in the swing of things, whereas I would have perhaps hit the ground running then."
Griffiths has been pleased with the way the Green Army have taken to him, with some supporters even wearing yellow firemen's helmets in his honour.
He said: "When I first came here, I promised I would give 100 per cent every time I play. I will produce some good moments and I'm sure I will have a couple of bad ones as well. I think the club is crying out for, for the want of a better word, a hero, whether that be Nick Chadwick, Feeney, myself, or whoever.
"If someone scores double figures, or towards 20, I think the fans are going to love him.The fans deserve someone like that, and I think we are all capable of it."
Griffiths has seen a progression from the Pilgrims since the start of the season and sees no reason why that cannot continue.
He said: "I think we have had a couple of indifferent performances but, on the whole, we have done well in most of the games.
"The manager (Carl Fletcher) has got a way of playing that he wants us to take on, and it's going to take a little bit of time for us all to get in-sync with that.
"Certainly the boys are enjoying it and there are good signs there. We are dominating teams for large periods and if you do that you are going to win games."
The visit to Wycombe is Griffiths' first road trip as an Argyle player.
He said: "It's nice to be involved. It's at this point in the week I have been saying good-bye to the players for a couple of days and then hearing the stories when they get back.
"Now I will be involved and, hopefully, I will be able to make some kind of impact in however many minutes I get to play."
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