DOMINIC Blizzard might sound like the alter ego of a Marvel comic character, but he is one of the quiet men at Home Park.While the likes of Reuben Reid, Caolan Lavery and even young Ben Purrington have been grabbing the headlines, Dominic has slipped quietly back into the Argyle midfield after an inauspicious start to his life as a Pilgrim.
After starting the first six games of the season, the 28-year-old summer recruit from Yeovil was struck down by illness. Following a 19-game absence from the starting line-up, he returned to colours four games ago and has played a full part in Argyle happy Christmas streak of two wins and draw.
“It’s always difficult when you are not playing, but it is what it is,” said Dom, on the eve of the New Year’s Day Devon Derby against Torquay at Home Park.
“I’ve had a few knockbacks but you take it on the chin and try to get yourself back as quick as you can and you move on.
“I feel there is a lot more to come from myself. I would definitely say I’ve got a few more gears to go up. Hopefully, that will happen with the more games that I get. I haven’t played for a while, but I hope it’s not too far in the future that I’ll be happy about my performances.”
Despite the stuttering start to life at Home Park, Dom is a content fellow. He said: “I really enjoyed my time so far. I feel really comfortable. I like the surroundings and we have got a good mix of lads.
“Not to be involved is frustrating and I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked, but there are plenty of games left in the season.”
In his unassuming way, Dom is more focused on Argyle getting the victory over Torquay than he is on winning personal plaudits for his performance.
“It’s more getting points on the board, to be honest,” he said. “In a selfish way, you’d like to play well but, if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen; if we win, that’s the most important thing.
“We can then start looking up the league. It’s a very congested league; if you put a few wins together and get a bit of momentum, you never know where you might find yourself.
“We have played a lot of the so-called title contenders or the ones going for promotion and I don’t think there’s any difference between them and the ones at the bottom who are struggling against relegation. It’s highly competitive and it’s hard to maintain a consistency but hopefully we can do that going into the new year.
“I am fully aware of where the club has been not too long ago. It doesn’t give us the right to win this league at all, but the foundations are here where, if we do well, the club is ready. There are a lit of positives; it’s up to the boys on the pitch now, to give everyone something to cheer about.”
Dom came off the substitutes’ bench to play the final half-hour of November’s 1-1 draw at Plainmoor between Torquay and Argyle, who are eight points better off than their visitors at the season’s halfway mark.
However, Dom cautioned: “The league is unpredictable – I don’t expect us to roll them over after 15 minutes. It’s a local derby. It will be a hard-fought game, not too dissimilar to the game that we played at their ground not so long ago, which could have gone either way.
“Hopefully we can raise or game and get the points that we need.”