LATE TOM SETS HIS SIGHTS ON ‘BIG SEASON’
HAVING initially rejected a new deal to stay at Burton Albion, only to then commit to a new contract at the Pirelli Stadium, Tom Flanagan wants to make up for having tested his manager’s patience.
The 25-year-old defender temporarily became a free agent when he opted not to sign a new deal with the Brewers in June but in midweek the former Milton Keynes Dons man put pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal, with boss Nigel Clough branding the fiasco a ‘misjudgement’ on his player’s part.
Flanagan is now focussed on playing a part in Burton’s second-ever Championship campaign.
“It could be a really big season for me on a personal level and hopefully for the club as well,” he said.
“Everyone is still talking about how well we did last year and with the new players we have signed and the ones who have stayed on from last year, we all know it’s a really big opportunity to better ourselves.
“I have been training with a Conference side in order to keep fit.
“I wasn’t sitting at home doing nothing. I was taking care of myself, so having been given this opportunity, I am in position to repay the manager as soon as possible.
“That means if he needs me in the next couple of weeks, I’m definitely ready to go.”
Flanagan made his Northern Ireland debut against New Zealand in June and has been joined at the club by two international colleagues in Matty Lund and Liam Boyce, who has since suffered a serious knee injury, this summer.
He said: “It’s great press for the football club to have them.
“I’m pleased they did sign as I was away with them with Northern Ireland and they asked me about the club, and I said they should bite the manager’s hand off as it’s a good place to play football.”
DEAL: Tom Flanagan