Injury-plagued ex Plymouth Argyle striker Griffiths has no regrets over his time at Home Park
LUCKLESS former Plymouth Argyle striker Rhys Griffiths has no regrets about his short time at Home Park.
Griffiths, who was brought in last summer by former manager Carl Fletcher, was released by Argyle when new boss John Sheridan took over after an injury-riddled period with the Greens.
But the Welsh striker (pictured right) bears no animosity towards the League Two strugglers – and he is convinced the Pilgrims will stay in the Football League.
Griffiths is looking forward to playing against his ex-team-mates if his present club – Newport County – get promoted to League Two as Blue Square Premier champions.
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Griffiths, 33, made his first start for County on Tuesday night since he last played for an Argyle reserves side in January.
Shortly afterwards, Griffiths, who has been plagued with a series of calf injuries, had his contract at Argyle cancelled by mutual consent at the end of January.
The ex-fireman was soon snapped up by Newport County.
The Welsh hit-man put on hold his career with the fire service so he could pursue his dream of playing in the Football League.
Griffiths, however, has no regrets about his time at Home Park.
He said: "To me, the club is a Championship club.
"To say I've been able to play in League Two football is good, but to be able to say I've played for a massive club like Argyle is something else.
"The one regret I do have, and it isn't really a regret, is that the fans at Home Park never really saw what I can do, because I seemed to be always injured.
"I feel, however, I've been lucky with injuries in the past, but these things even themselves out and it was just hard luck at Plymouth.
"I was desperate to play for Argyle, because the whole team needed a lift, but I was put in a bit early.
"I am fine now – I'm just hoping to play as much as I can.
"I played 65 minutes against Hereford the other night, which was good. I even scored, but it was ruled offside."
Newport, a former club of legendary Argyle striker Tommy Tynan, are going well in the Blue Square Premier.
They are in a play-off place, but are only three points below leaders Wrexham, with two games in hand.
Griffiths, who has made one start and two substitutes appearance for County, said: "I am desperate to do well with the team (Newport). I really want to be part of a team which gets promoted.
"I didn't have the time to do myself justice at Argyle, but I really enjoyed it and I wouldn't change it for anything. I've still got a lot of friends in Plymouth and I don't want to be part of a team which gets relegated.
"I know I'm not there now, but I still would have been part of that squad.
"I know most of the players at Plymouth and I've got a lot of respect for them.
"They are easily good enough to be in the play-offs, although that hasn't happened for some reason.
"I just hope we get promoted and Plymouth stay up and we end up playing each other next season."