PROFESSIONAL footballers always tend to be working over Bank Holiday weekends during the season and Easter is no exception.
All of us at Wrexham were given two days off during the week to recharge our batteries after the match with Histon on Tuesday and ahead of the double header with Oxford United and Altrincham.
I was itching to get back to Colliers Park because I want to try and make sure that, having been brought back into the team last weekend, I can keep my place for the remaining five games of the campaign.
While it’s still mathematically possible for us to scrape into the play-offs, we cannot afford to take our foot off the gas and the gaffer has impressed on us – no matter how long a shot – that in any case we owe it to the fans to treat every game as though it were a one-off cup final and see where we are at the finish line.
Obviously we know it could have been very different, but I feel I have improved as a player since the gaffer came in because he has given me the chance to play in several positions.
Like anyone else, I want to play at the highest level possible and the experience of adding versatility to my game is a useful string to the bow and will hopefully stand me in good stead.
Mind you, I’m well aware that I still have a great deal to learn and I’m certainly not in any hurry to leave Wrexham, because I feel the last 12 months have been the best so far in career terms and I want that to continue into next season.
On a slightly different tack, I’m also looking forward next year to continuing as a coach at the Dragons school of excellence after what has been a very enjoyable season with the under-10 team.
I’m pleased to report that they have had a really good campaign and have won the majority of their games against decent opposition including the likes of Everton and Liverpool.
There is plenty of talent in my group, who train two evenings a week and play on Sundays, and I’ve been grateful for the opportunity because the experience counts towards the work I’m putting in to obtain my coaching B licence.
Hopefully the school’s senior coaches, Stu Webber and Andy Davies, will keep me on!