‘I’m not at the end of my play­ing ca­reer yet’

Bloom­field as­sures fans he has years left in his legs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MATT Bloom­field in­sists he still has plenty of years left in his legs, de­spite hav­ing his tes­ti­mo­nial last sum­mer.

Fol­low­ing his cel­e­bra­tion game against Chelsea back in July, fans could be for­given for think­ing Bloom­field’s Wy­combe ca­reer was start­ing to wind down.

Start­ing the sea­son on the bench, his only start in the first three months of the sea­son came against Coven­try in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

But Novem­ber saw the mid­fielder re­claim his place in the side, start­ing all four games as Wy­combe surged to the top of League Two, as well as into the sec­ond round of the FA Cup.

And although the veteran has been back on the bench of late, in­juries meant he was back in the start­ing line up last week­end – and he has made it clear he is far from fin­ished.

Bloom­field said: “I’m only 30. I was lucky enough to get 10 years here un­der my belt early as I joined the club quite early in my ca­reer, but there is a lot of foot­ball still left in me.

“I got left out at the start of the sea­son and lads were pick­ing up the points, so it was fine by me.

“But I got my chance and would

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ROLLER COASTER: Wy­combe’s Matt Bloom­field had his tes­ti­monal last sum­mer like to think I took it with both hands by help­ing the team pick up more points. What­ever hap­pens in the new year, even just to look at what we have achieved at this point, it has to go down as a great ac­com­plish­ment.

“Last year was such a low ebb, but the gaffer has learnt from that and has been able to im­prove things so quickly – we never thought what has hap­pened this sea­son would hap­pen.

“From be­ing bot­tom of the league last sea­son to be­ing top over Christ­mas – my tes­ti­mo­nial year has been a roller coaster of a year. I have ab­so­lutely loved it, and it’s good to be fin­ish­ing it on a high.”

Wy­combe slipped off top spot fol­low­ing Box­ing Day’s 1-1 home draw with Lu­ton, but stayed level on points with new lead­ers Shrews­bury after hold­ing them to a goal­less draw at Green­haus Meadow on Sun­day.

The Chairboys are back in ac­tion on Satur­day at home to Hartle­pool, who they beat 3-1 away only a month ago, thanks to goals from Bloom­field, Paris Cowan-Hall and Al­fie Maw­son.

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