Jamal Campbell-Ryce is licensed to thrill in his return to Notts County
JAMAL Campbell-Ryce is hoping to return for Notts County today and use his artistic license to terrorise Brentford.
The winger was in outstanding form for the Magpies before being sent off against Preston last month.
He has since served a three-match ban and his comeback was put on hold in midweek, when the FA Cup clash with Rotherham was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
But today he hopes to get the nod to start and says the backing of manager Keith Curle is the factor behind his good form this season.
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"The manager and his staff have been excellent for me and hopefully I can repay them now with getting back into form," said the 29-year-old.
"The management have been brilliant with myself, Judge, Zoko, Arquin, Bishop, Boucaud, Jeff (Hughes).
"They give us freedom to go and play. As long as we work hard, the manager doesn't mind if people give away the ball because everyone gives away the ball. I remember Messi doing it once!
"As long as you work hard, he said go and express yourself and try to do the right things. They are happy with that."
The last eight games between Notts and Brentford have ended all square. But with the Magpies seventh and just five points off the top, three points today would be huge.
And Campbell-Ryce believes the make-up of the team helps him embrace his attacking style, something he wants to show against the Bees.
"I believe you can only play as well as your team is and I have to be thankful to my peers for believing in me, giving me the ball and letting me dribble a lot with the ball," he said.
"You always find your way when you are playing regularly.
"If you're in and out you don't get that consistency but luckily I have had that."