WINGER Zeli Ismail hopes to have an injury-free season after a career plagued by time on the touchline.

The new Bulls signing made his debut in Hereford’s 1-1 draw at Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday.


“It was brilliant for me especially after being out for such a long period of time,” said Ismail talking to Keith Hall.

“A had a bad hamstring injury but I was buzzing to be back out there again. Like any player you need to get minutes on the pitch and I’ve been out for such a long time with this injury that it’s good to get back out there.

“Injuries have killed me throughout my career and I’ve not been able to get a season where I’m injury free so hopefully this is the one.

“I’m grateful they’ve brought me in and hopefully I can repay them with my performances on the pitch.”

Ismail nearly had his first goal in a Bulls shirt when Maziar Kouhyar found him in open space but on a slick 4G surface the ball skidded away from the debutant.

“Hopefully next time we can punish teams,” he added.

“We knew what they would be like, direct, we knew they would be a physical side. We played some good stuff in the first half and had a few opportunities in the second half where we need to take them chances and kill teams.”