POMPEY STAR FISH IS BACK IN THE SWIM NOW
PORTSMOUTH’S onloan left-back Matt Fish reckons that experiencing life as a Non-League player has made him doubly determined to make it in the Football League second time around.
Fish spent four years in part-time football with Dover Athletic after being relased by Crystal Palace.
The 25-year-old eventually got a chance in the league again at Gillingham in 2011, and he says:“I was at Palace as a kid. Then I dropped down to Non-League football for three years.
“When I left Palace I was an 18-year-old scholar. I was a kid and quite skinny.
“I didn’t really say a lot and went into men’s football and played 150 games in four seasons at Dover.
“I was playing against men; ex-pros who didn’t want to play full-time football, so dropped into Non-League.
“I was in the changing room with them and playing against them.
“It was really good for me and helped me a lot. It did help me grow up. It’s made me hungry and kept me grounded.
“It definitely makes me want it even more after being out of it. I know what it’s like.
“I still feel I can go higher than I am now. Where that will be, we will see.What will be will be. I know I can play higher, though.”