Ad­dai keen to keep up progress after sign­ing

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ALEX Ad­dai is de­lighted to have signed a new con­tract with Chel­tenham Town which sees him stay at the club for the 2019/20 sea­son.

The for­ward has en­joyed a pro­gres­sive first sea­son with the Robins, with many up and downs, sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury just as he be­gan to en­joy his best run in the team.

Ad­dai is back to fit­ness now and is thor­oughly en­joy­ing his time with the club.

He said: “Some days I think it’s still a dream, I can’t be­lieve I’m here, it wasn’t long ago I was in the class­room.”

Hav­ing se­cured a new deal, Ad­dai spoke of the chal­lenges he’s faced in his first sea­son in pro­fes­sional foot­ball after giv­ing up a job as be­hav­iour sup­port man­ager at St Thomas the Apos­tle in Peck­ham.

“Its been very up and down to say the least, I’ve done a lot of learn­ing off the pitch. I’ve learned a lot about my­self, I wouldn’t change it for any­thing,” he said.

“I had a tough spell; the med­i­cal staff have been re­ally sup­port­ive. They’ve helped me emo­tion­ally, men­tally and phys­i­cally. It’s been a long time, when I got in­jured, I thought I was just get­ting a run into the team.

“Then it was un­for­tu­nate to get the in­jury but that’s part and par­cel of foot­ball.”

Hav­ing re­cov­ered from his in­jury Ad­dai came off the bench against Swin­don, and was de­lighted by the re­cep­tion he got, and to have se­cured a new deal with the club.

He said: “I was buzzing, de­lighted with the re­cep­tion I got as well, I was de­lighted to be back out on the pitch. It’s been around three months since I’ve been on a pitch, so all the hard work off the pitch has paid off, I can fi­nally get back on the pitch it’s all good.

“I’m buzzing with how the team has been per­form­ing re­cently. They’ve come a long way. Pro­gres­sion has be­come an ob­ses­sion, ev­ery­one has been bang on it. it’s re­ally good to see, they were push­ing me with­out them know­ing it.

“Get­ting an­other con­tract was the goal I set my­self so to get that, I’m de­lighted with it.”

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