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Former Blues Striker Bajner Back in Football After Covid Struggles
Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024 13:49

Former Blues striker Balint Bajner has revealed he has overcome repeated hospitalisations with Covid-19 to return to football after a three-year hiatus.

Bajner, 33, last had a club, Nemzeti Bajnokság II (second tier) side Pécs in his native Hungary, in the 2020/21 season but has now signed for Haladás, another Nemzeti Bajnokság II club, who are based in his home town of Szombathely.

The striker, who made one start - against Fulham on the opening day of 2014/15 which lasted only 44 minutes - and six sub appearances for the Blues having been signed by Mick McCarthy in the summer of 2014 after a trial following the 6ft 6in tall frontman’s release by Borussia Dortmund, revealed on Instagram that he had been through a tough few years.

“It was a hard time,” he wrote. “I lost my father, Covid six times, four times hospital admission by ambulance, one year post-Covid-19 syndrome.

“But now I’m more motivated than ever, I’m more determined than ever, I’m more hungry than ever, I'm stronger than ever. I did it, I'm back!”

During Bajner’s brief spell with the Blues, which came to an end after six months in January 2015 when the striker joined Notts County, Town's social media became dominated by Hungarians posting the legend ‘No Bajner, No Party’.

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Ruddock2021 added 14:20 - Feb 22
Ahh the memories, No Bajner, No Party

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 03:25 - Feb 23
These stories of covid-devastation are rare, but always sad. Very pleased Bajner kept fighting and is returning to professional football. No small feat.

Dissboyitfc added 07:29 - Feb 23
I hope he does well in the remainder of his career, he deserves it after that struggle!

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