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DJ tuned in for Foxes return

DJ Campbell
Campbell has had a miserable time at Leicester

Leicester City's forgotten striker DJ Campbell is a man desperate to make up for lost time after an unhappy couple of years at the Walkers Stadium.

His Foxes career has barely got off the ground since his £1.6m move from Birmingham in July 2007.

Within a few weeks the man who signed him, Martin Allen, had been sacked.

Since then Campbell, 27, has been plagued by injuries and when he has been fit his best form has deserted him and he has struggled to hold down a regular spot.

And any chance of a turnaround in his fortunes as a Leicester player seemed slim when he was sent out on loan to Championship rivals Blackpool last season.

But Campbell scored nine goals in 20 games during a five-month stay with the Tangerines.


Such was Campbell's dissatisfaction that he told the local press in Blackpool he did not want to go back to Leicester.

However the former Birmingham frontman strenuously denies he ever meant to cause any offence.

"All I said was I had no future," Campbell told BBC Radio Leicester.

"It was not that I didn't want to come back but at the time things weren't working out but I'm back now and I'm pleased to be back.

"It's been a bit frustrating not being involved but now I'm involved I'm happy. I spoke to the gaffer and he's been great to me.

"The time hasn't been good here. Most of the time I've been injured and when I have been fit I haven't been fully match fit so I haven't played.

"When I have played, I haven't played to my best and obviously the club and fans haven't seen the real DJ Campbell."

And Campbell insists he is eager to put pressure on his fellow forwards Matt Fryatt, Steve Howard and Martyn Waghorn and make the most of his second chance.

That is a scenario that has seemed highly unlikely at any stage during the past 11 months.

Until his substitute appearance against Coventry earlier this month Campbell had been out of the picture since making his last Foxes appearance in the League One fixture against Crewe in late November 2008.

CAMPBELL: Goals to games
DJ Campbell
BRENTFORD - Games 18 (plus 10 as sub) Goals: 12
BIRMINGHAM - Games 24 (26) Goals: 12
LEICESTER - Games 22 (22) Goals: 5
BLACKPOOL - Games 20 Goals: 9

And after returning from his loan spell last term Campbell was training with youth team and was not even given a squad number at the start of the season. His chances of forcing his way into Pearson's plans seemed bleak.

That changed two weeks ago when he was finally given a squad number and his substitute appearance against the Sky Blues has whetted his appetite.

"Going away to Blackpool on loan has helped me," Campbell admitted. "I went on my own, I didn't take my family because I had to concentrate and get focused again.

"I scored a few goals there and I'm back, fit and I have no injury problems. I've spoken to the gaffer and things are fine now.

"I haven't got anything but praise for the gaffer; he's always said he wants me involved and now I'm involved, hopefully I can score the goals I know I'm capable of and get Leicester into the Premier League.

"I have to keep training hard and keep showing that I'm sharp, that I want to play and when I get a chance to come off the bench I have to take it.

"I've worked hard in the last four months to get back into the squad. I'm not quite there yet because I'm not starting and until I'm starting and scoring I won't be. But when I am, the achievement will be massive

"I hope the fans do appreciate that and know that I appreciate them."

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