STOURBRIDGE boss Gary Hackett called for patience over Jack Duggan's recovery but insisted "his moment will come".

Fans hailed the return of the Glassboys man mountain when he emerged as a 65th-minute substitute in Tuesday's 4-1 pre-season victory over Redditch United.

Duggan, scorer of the winning goal in the FA Cup giant killing of Northampton Town in December, required surgery on a dislocated shoulder having been ruled out with the problem at the back end of last season.

"Jack had quite major surgery over the summer," said Hackett. "He is on schedule now but we do have to be a bit patient with him.

"He is a fantastic club man and that did not change when he got injured. He still came to every away game, travelling up to Whitby, Workington and the like. When the going gets tough, Jack is there for you.

"He has a big character which makes him a leader in his own right and a very important member of the squad. His comeback is a huge bonus but now he has to bide his time, his moment will come.

"It was good to see him back on the pitch, he gives the whole team a great deal of confidence so we were delighted."

Stuart Pierpoint, Brandon Hague, Josh Green and Ryan Rowe netted in a fluent display that left Hackett content with his transfer business.

"It was pleasing," said Hackett. "We looked like we had goals in us, scored four and looked like we could have had a couple more.

"That came on the back of a very scruffy and disappointing performance against Stourport on Saturday. We probably needed that Redditch performance as a bit of a tonic and on Saturday, we have another tough match at Alvechurch.

"We have brought in a few new faces, the squad is very strong and we are looking forward to the season now. I am relatively happy with the squad I have, although you can never say for sure how things will pan out. If we take any injuries then maybe we'll have to look at our options.

"We did our business early and hopefully, we will reap the rewards."