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By Steve
Monday 07 Feb 2011 14:22:00
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From: Ashington

 

Supports: Newcastle

 

Day Job: Footballer at QPR

 

Where are you playing now mate?

 

I’m at QPR and have been for the last couple of seasons. It’s a different way of life but it’s my life. And I’m loving it. We ended last season well and the gaffer has brought in some quality signings and we have started off like a house on fire.

 

Is Neil Warnock a Mentalist?

 

The gaffer is brilliant. He’s ranting and raving one minute and patting you on the back and saying well done the next but you know where you stand with him. He calls a spade a spade. He understands players and likes to see us playing with a smile on our faces. He reminds me a lot of Sir Bobby.

 

Why’s that?

 

Sir Bobby was a living legend but still understood his players and how to get the best out of them. He would be honest if you weren’t performing and let you know. He took the club from the bottom to the top and into the Champions League. The shrine at St James when he passed away speaks volumes about how the north east football community respected him. Legend.

 

Why did you leave the club?

 

I was disappointed to leave the club as I’m a big fan as most people know. I’d done my cruciate against ‘Boro and I remember Kevin Keegan sat me down and told me that I wouldn’t be a regular and was bringing in a few new faces. I respected him for his bluntness.  I went home that night devastated but at least I knew my career lay elsewhere and I sat down with my Mam And Dad and we talked about what was best. I felt a move down South would suit me and I have been proved right.

 

Hughton the right man for the job?

 

Oh yeh he has earned the right to have a go. He was great with me as a coach and credit to him and the coaching staff for handling all the upheavel around them and getting the club back to where it belongs.

 

 

 

 

Who has impressed you defensively this season?

 

Colo and Williamson have done well for me. They aren’t short of cover in that position this season with Sol and Tayls both fit and raring to go. Williamson I suppose stands out for me because he was an unknown quantity and has adapted to Premiership life well. I like Tamas Kadar aswell. I played with him when I was at the club and he has a lot of potential, great left foot and a lot of pace.

 

Great win against the makems

 

It was mate great to see and well deserved. The build up to that game is weird but it’s extra special at the same time. It’s a game you have to win and I’ve been privileged to experience the build up and the game itself. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and I don’t mind admitting I got butterflies before the game. Walking onto the pitch and seeing the sea of black and white and experiencing that noise was brilliant. I’ll never forget it.  We won 3-2 and Emre got that free kick  which was extra special.

 

Final message for our readers?

 

I played here there and everywhere for Newcastle United and loved every minute of it. It was unbelievable and an honour to pull on that black and white shirt.  I remember watching Lee Clark scoring for the club and the next thing I’m playing alongside him. Surreal. I’d love the chance to come back and play for the club. It may happen you never know.  



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