Tom Grivosti on return from injury: 'I feel like I can impact the team which is the main thing'

Tom Grivosti has endured a wretched time out with injury - but he is determined to make up for lost time. 

The centre-back captained the Saints on Monday night in their 3-0 Leinster Senior Cup win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. 

And it was his first start since suffering a long-term injury over 12 months ago, having featured as a substitute against Bohemians in a 2-2 draw on Friday.  

“It was a good night and good for me to get minutes after injury,” Grivosti told “It was also good for some of the lads in the first-team to get minutes - and for some of the young lads. I think they did brilliantly. 

“I played with them last week in an under-20 game and they were unbelievable so it’s good to see them play in front of a few fans with a few first-team lads. I thought they did really well. 

“A lot of hard work has gone into the last year. I had a few setbacks and stuff like that. I’ve realised how hard it has been for me so to get back is not easy. 

“I’m just really happy and I’m feeling good again. I feel like I can impact the team which is the main thing. Hopefully there are many more games to come.”

Grivosti returns to a St Patrick’s Athletic side who are seventh in the Premier Division table and recently parted ways with former boss Jon Daly. 

Ex-Ireland manager Stephen Kenny is now in the Richmond Park hotseat - but the Saints are only eight points off third-placed Shamrock Rovers.  

And incredibly, the Athletic have only lost by more than goal twice this season - both away against Waterford (3-1) and Derry City (3-1).

“The league is mad this year,” Grivosti added. “If you put a couple of wins together you will be up in the table - but that is easier said than done. 

“We’ve improved over the last couple of weeks and we were so unlucky on Friday not to come away with all three points against Bohs - and we conceded a late goal against Shels. 

“We just need to put a complete performance together and I’m sure a few results will come. It’s tight and we just need to make sure we come out on the right side of these games. 

“Hopefully we can get a couple of results before the break and kick on. We have so many important games after that with Europe and the FAI Cup.”

And on working with new boss Kenny, Grivosti said: “I’ve been really impressed with the new manager. His record speaks for itself. 

“His football knowledge and knowledge on the league is unbelievable to see. I’m really looking forward to working with him. 

“I had a great relationship with Jon (Daly) and he did a great job here. It was sad to see him go but that’s football. 

“You just hope that you can get a good manager in there and so far the gaffer has been really good. I’m really excited to play for him.”