CHRISTIAN Frimpong says he has 'unfinished business' with Braintree Town after returning to the club, writes DAVID WARD.

Frimpong is now fully fit and recovered from injuries that plagued his first stint at Cressing Road and he rejoins having played last season with South Coast side Lewes.

The Ghanian-born defender, who started out at both Swindon Town Academy and Bristol City Academy, was first signed for Iron by Bradley Quinton as an 18 year-old at the start of the 2017/18 season.

He scored on his debut, a 6-0 win in a friendly at Long Melford and started 37 games that season, and came on as a sub in seven more.

He was an unused substitute in the successful play-off final match at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Frimpong was plagued by injury during the early stages of 2018-19, with the team back in the National League Premier.

He returned to the starting line-up in October and had arguably his best game in a Braintree shirt in an outstanding 2-2 draw at Salford City but a serious injury in that game curtailed his season.

Frimpong returned to the team in late 2019, playing in six games during the truncated season.

He said: "It was a disappointing end to my first time at the club what with injuries and the then manager I clearly didn't get on with how he wanted to play so I had to go away and first get fully fit and then get back playing at a decent level which I did.

"I'm really looking forward to this season and hoping I can earn a place in the team because for me in some ways it's unfinished business at the club.

"I've been really impressed by the manner and style of the new manager (Ryan) and this time around it's all much better organised, better constructed training and routine and a far more professional approach than I experienced last time.

"The training so far has been hard, which you expect before the season starts, but also varied and interesting while there's a great bunch of players involved in every training session.

"I know from experience that the National League South is now even a harder league than last time I played and the game is quicker with obviously some clubs having full time players in their squads.

"But I'm looking forward to the challenge and this time we'll clearly be much better prepared for the coming season."