FC CLACTON striker Terry Rymer has vowed to prove his doubters wrong by getting fit and scoring the goals that steer his side up the Thurlow Nunn League table.

The frontman has re-signed for his hometown club after a short spell at premier division rivals Brantham Athletic.

He managed half an hour in the Seasiders’ recent friendly at Burnham Ramblers and now, assuming he has sufficiently recovered from a hamstring strain, hopes to feature in Saturday’s home match against Long Melford.

“I admit I was a bit stubborn towards the end of my last spell at Clacton,” he told the Gazette.

“I felt I should be playing more but, in all honesty, knew I wasn’t fit enough to manage 90 minutes.

“I wasn’t fully fit but know that to be at my best, I have to be 100%.

“I’m not the kind of player who can lack fitness, be half-hearted and set the world alight.

“It’s all or nothing with me but I’ve gone away and made a conscious decision to get fit.

“I’m going to the gym regularly, watching my diet and have made certain decisions in terms of my lifestyle.

“My choices in that respect haven’t helped me and, if I’m honest, I probably took my foot off the gas and became a bit complacent.

“I feel I’ve achieved quite a bit in terms of local non-league football.

“I had a lot of success with Brightlingsea Regent and played in a Ryman League play-off semi-final with AFC Sudbury.

“However, rather than pushing on and striving for more, I became a bit complacent.

“I still feel I can still play at a higher level but have to get myself fit first.”

Rymer is determined to do his bit to help breathe life into Clacton’s season.

The Seasiders are yet to collect a point or score a goal this year and that trend continued after a 2-0 defeat at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday.

“The club have been dragged back into a dogfight,” said Rymer.

“But on a personal note, this is a new challenge and a fresh start for me and I’m raring to go.

“I’ve lost weight and although it’s going to take me two or three games to get up and running again, to get properly match-fit, I’m determined to get back in the fold and start scoring goals again.

“In terms of mentality, I’m fully focused and want to help the team push on.

“On my day I still feel I can be unplayable at this level. I believe in my ability.

“I let myself down in the past but hope I can turn things round and get back to what I do best – scoring goals and giving defenders a torrid time.”

Clacton are back in action on Wednesday night, when they take on neighbours Wivenhoe Town in a Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup semi-final at the GMP Plant Hire Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).