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Nathan Tyson is bang­ing in the goals again for Wy­combe

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Dore

REWIND the clock three years and you would find Nathan Tyson on loan at Notts County, strug­gling to get a game or a goal – and on the verge of re­tire­ment. Fol­low­ing his re­lease from par­ent club Black­pool and out of love with football, he de­cided to have one last shot with a three-week trial at Don­caster Rovers, turn­ing it into a oneyear con­tract. Fast for­ward to to­day and, fol­low­ing a spell with Kil­marnock, the 35-year-old is back scor­ing goals for his for­mer em­ployer Wy­combe Wan­der­ers and tear­ing up League Two. “I’d love to play right to the age of 40 if I can,” said Tyson. “I’m hop­ing I don’t get any nasty in­juries but I really do look af­ter my­self, so I can def­i­nitely reach that goal. “Coach­ing is the first thing I’d like to do if I do stop play­ing. I would love to coach kids.

Of­fer

“If you’d asked me three years ago, I would’ve said I’m not hav­ing any­thing to do with football, ‘I can’t stand it’, but now I’ve fallen back in love with the game. “I’ve got a lot more to of­fer, and to re­tire back then wouldn’t have been a good thing for me. There are too many things I’d like to do and I’m far from fin­ished in football. “Af­ter my spell at Black­pool and loan at Notts County, I had a long, hard think that sea­son about what I was go­ing to do be­cause I had a ter­ri­ble time.

“Nothing I was doing, like chang­ing my diet, was work­ing. Nothing was hap­pen­ing at all. But then I went to train at Don­caster and I thought ‘I can do this’.

“I ended up getting a con­tract and won player of the year. That really spurred me on. Here I am now and it’s work­ing out well!”

Af­ter leav­ing Kil­marnock, Tyson had an­other trial pe­riod, this time at Wy­combe, where he had pre­vi­ously en­joyed a pro­lific spell from 2004-2006, scor­ing 44 goals.

Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth was im­pressed and Tyson signed a one-year con­tract in July.

Dra­matic

The pacy for­ward has en­joyed a fine start to the League Two sea­son, scor­ing his first goals in last Satur­day’s 2-1 win over Colch­ester and the dra­matic mid­week 3-2 vic­tory at home against Crewe.

“At the start of the sea­son, I played the first three games, picked up an in­jury and missed the next three weeks,” Tyson added. “To come back and be thrown in against Colch­ester and to get the goal was just a mas­sive re­lief really.

“I was a bit wary about com­ing back here at first, be­cause of what I did be­fore.

“But, to be fair to the gaffer, I met him and thought he was a guy I could really play for - and the fans have been ex­cep­tional in wel­com­ing me back.

“I want to be able to fin­ish off what I started all those years ago and it’s good to see some old faces here as well.

“Matt Bloom­field’s still here. He’s part of the foun­da­tion of the club.

“We’ve had a good old catch-up and I’m so proud of what he’s achieved (over 14 sea­sons at Adams Park). Loy­alty’s a rar­ity in football these days, and to see some­one like that is something that I really

ad­mire.”

PIC­TURE: PSI/John Marsh

LINK: Jimmy Bell GETTING STUCK IN: Nathan Tyson in ac­tion for Wy­combe against Colch­ester last week and, inset, cel­e­brat­ing his goal

IM­PRESSED: Gareth Ainsworth signed Nathan Tyson af­ter a trial

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