MARK QUIGLEY has promised to get his League of Ireland career back on track even though he will miss the start of the new season next month.
Quigley, 29, is without a club as he was released by St Patrick's Athletic at the end of an injury-scarred season last year, though he has been in talks with Saints boss Liam Buckley about a new deal and has also been able to use the club's facilities.
But he needs to fully overcome a back complaint before he can sign up with a club and while it's frustrating for the former U21 cap to be without a club less than a fortnight before the 2015 season starts, Quigley remains confident that he will make a reappearance in the League.
"I won't have a club for the start of the season but I will be back in the league at some stage next season as I know I can play again and have a lot to offer," says Quigley, who previously lined out for St Pats, Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.
"There seems to be a bit of a shortage of strikers in the league so managers are still looking for a centre-forward and that's good for me.
"Hopefully I will have options when I do come back, but I just can't say when that will be, if it's a matter of weeks or months.
"It's four months now since I had the surgery on my back, I am on a six-week programme now and I hope to be able to play at the end of that but I can't be sure," added Quigley, who has been tracked by St Pats as well as Drogheda United.
"I am still speaking to clubs and they are just waiting for me to get fit again.
"I have been going to the gym every day so that when I do come back and sign for a club I will be straight in there and able to play, I won't need three or four weeks to get up to speed.
"The back feels fine but I need to get full power back in the leg and that is taking time.
"It's frustrating as I am able to do lots of work but I know I am not fully right and I don't want to go into a club, play once and then break down and be out for a long spell. I want to wait until I am 100 per cent.
"I have had a few managers in contact with me and that's emcouraging, that I haven't been forgotten about," added Quigley.