Life as a Professional
I signed a two-year contract at Brentford and immediately felt at home. Joining
the Bees was a breath of fresh air and I had no regrets about dropping down
to the second division.
The team spirit is excellent and with getting the results on the pitch, season
2001/2002 was a highlight of my career so far. The only disappointment was the
defeat at the Millennium Stadium against Stoke in the play-off’s.
I’ve been lucky at Brentford in that the
team plays the game in a style which suits me. We like to play the ball to feet
and use the wings, so I see my fair share of it!
During the following season I was able to pick up where I’d
left off. I played more games and doubled the number of goals scored; from four
in 2001/2 to ten 2002/03 – helped by the fact that I take the pens! However
we slipped from the play-off zone to mid table, probably because we had tired
badly when faced with a large number of rearranged games. One of the reasons
for the backlog of league games was our run in the FA Cup – going out
in the 4th round to Burnley. On a personal note it felt good to be voted second
in the supporters ‘player of the year award’ – first would
have been better?, but I’ll be working on that!
Nationwide Division 2 Play - Off Final , Brentford
v Stoke City , Millennium Stadium , Cardiff , 11/5/02
Looking at season 2003/04 I am genuinely confident that we can
achieve promotion. I feel that the squad is gelling and we’re more than
capable of reaching the play-off’s.