Everton defender Leighton Baines has told the Telegraph that his current situation is a very interesting one.
Baines has missed the entirety of the season so far with injury, and there is a feeling that he has something to prove again at Goodison Park.
The left-back is reaching an age where question marks are starting to be asked over his ability to come back from his current fitness issues, and he also has only one year left on his contract at Everton.
However, while many may have felt unsettled by the situation, Baines is thriving at having a challenge ahead of him.
“This is a dead interesting time for me. It’s new. I have never been through anything like it before. I’m older, I’m going to be 31," Baines said to the Telegraph.
"I find it all quite exciting. Even the question of not having three years on a contract. It’s a dead interesting position. In the past I have been younger, I have been fit and healthy and playing well. I am not in that situation any more. I am older. I have had two surgeries. I have one more year left. It’s quite exciting to be honest.”
Baines is expected to return to Everton’s first-team in the next few weeks, as the England international is edging closer to full-fitness.
The form of Brendan Galloway has posed a selection dilemma for Roberto Martinez, and Baines knows that he has a point to prove again at Goodison Park.