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Skipper on ‘privilege’ of being a footballer at Christmas

22 December 2016

McShane discusses festive period for players

While most industries grind to a halt over the festive period, it’s all go in football.  For the players, Christmas Day itself will mean a trip to the training ground at Hogwood Park and putting the final touches on preparation for the Boxing Day game against Norwich City.

But you won’t hear any grumbles from our club captain Paul McShane.  Quite the opposite, in fact – he discussed the ‘privilege’ of being a player at this busy time of year.

“I quite enjoy getting up and going to training – there’s nobody on the roads and you’re in working!” the skipper said.

“It’s part of a professional footballer’s life and there’s no complaints from me.  I’ve always wanted to be a footballer so that’s just part of it – I love it.

“I’m getting up on Christmas morning and going out when everyone else is getting in the mood and opening presents – I have to make them wait to come back!

“But it’s a privilege to be honest, to get up on Christmas morning and go training.  It’s something that I really enjoy.”

And what’s on the captain’s Christmas list?

“I don’t know what I want… I’m happy as it is!” he continued.  “But January is around the corner and we probably need a couple of reinforcements to help the group out and help us push on.

“We’re lying third now going into Christmas – who would have said that we’d be in this position now, with the season ended last year?

“It’s a credit to all the lads and a big credit to the manager – he has been superb since he’s come in.

“It’s a chance to enjoy this little break and then we’ll be back to it on Boxing Day.  And then the games will be coming thick and fast again.”

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