Okuonghae thrilled to finally get back to playing

Magnus Okuonghae
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Although pre-season friendlies are never high up on any players’ to-do list, for defender Magnus Okuonghae, he simply couldn’t wait to lace up his boots once more at the weekend.

The 29-year-old defender played for an hour at Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday, his first action since November last year, and then featured again during the 4-2 win over Staines last night.

“I’m literally delighted to have come through it unscathed.”

Magnus Okuonghae

Speaking to the News/Gazette, Okuonghae said: “It’s been extremely frustrating for me as the last time I played a match was November 22 last year, so I’m literally delighted to have come through it unscathed.

“Sometimes these games can be frustrating for both players and supporters, but I’m delighted to get 60 minutes and hopefully just get stronger and move on.

“It’s a credit to the medical staff and all the staff here.

“They’ve nurtured me through and given me the time that’s needed to get myself fully fit.”

Okuonghae had spent the last six seasons with Colchester, where he was named club captain, making more than 200 appearances, before his release in the summer.

He admitted he had been about to sign elsewhere, but quickly changed his mind once Luton showed their hand.

The defender continued: “I had two or three offers from other clubs before Luton actually made contact.

“I’d literally made my mind up to sign for another club, but it was a no-brainer as soon as the gaffer rang me.”