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Thinking about next year - 13/05/2004

Thinking about next year
Next season must be better
   Robbie Elliott
   Newcastle United

The reserves play Sunderland this evening in what is the last game of the season. At the moment I don't know if I'll be involved, but after missing a fair part of the season and after playing in the last few games, I'm fit and ready to play. The game is being staged at St. James to help with the filming of the 'Goal', so it'll be nice to play in the stadium and any match against the Makems is worth playing in.

It's not been a good year for me, and even though the season hasn't yet finished, I'm already looking forward to July. I've spoken to my agent; Phil Woodisse, and I've decided that it's not the time to put my feet up and enjoy the summer sitting on a beach. Phil's found me an organisation run by a top UEFA coach who specialise in training players who've recovered from injury. Teams and players such as Bayern Munich, Eidur Gudjohnsen, and Jesper Gronkjaer have used their services and they come well recommended. Some friends say to me that I should just keep on picking up my wages and not worry about the game, but they just don't understand that all I want to do is play first team football. Yes the cash is nice, but it's not just about money, and at my age I should be established in a team and playing on a regular basis. In working through the summer I hope I can return for pre-season training fitter and stronger than ever before...and that'll give me a better chance to take any opportunity that comes my way.

I'm not sure where I'll be playing next season, I'm contracted to Newcastle for another year but I'm desperate to play first team football. The club let Wayne Quinn, Calvin Zola, Stevie Caldwell and Lomana go out on loan this season, but wouldn't let Robbie Elliott or myself go. I don't know if they'll have a change of policy, but if they do, then I aim to be ready to take my chance.

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