GUTHRIE HAS GOT TO GO FOR GOLD!

Boro striker seeks to keep on terms with sis­ter Ser­ena

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Max Ch­ester­ton

NOTH­ING quite sat­is­fies Stevenage striker Kur­tis Guthrie like the sen­sa­tion of win­ning. From the pitches of Jersey to the bat­tle­grounds of League Two, the 25-yearold has gorged on that

eu­phoric feel- ing from a young age.

It’s in his DNA and a trait he shares with his older sis­ter Ser­ena, who made his­tory as a mem­ber of the Eng­land net­ball team that struck gold at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games.

Now, the Boro striker is hop­ing to use her suc­cess as a spring­board, aim­ing to net Dino Maam­ria’s side’s a re­turn to League One.

“Pro­mo­tion is what we want – I think that’s very clear,” he said.

“We’ve got a good chang­ing room, we know how we want to play, where we want to go and what to ex­pect from each other. We’ve got a good mix of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence, and we just want to ex­cel.

“The league has prob­a­bly been more open over the last few sea­sons than ever be­fore with the way the trans­fer mar­ket works with play­ers just com­ing in at the start and mid­dle.

Re­build

“It’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing sea­son and, hope­fully, we will be there or there­abouts.”

Get­ting to League Two hasn’t been easy, Guthrie cast aside at Accrington Stan­ley as a young­ster be­fore tak­ing the bold step of drop­ping down to Non­League to join Bath City.

Fight­ing his way up the di­vi­sions af­ter spells at Welling United and For­est Green, he fi­nally re­turned to league foot­ball at Colchester.

“I had the choice whether to re­build or to pack my bags and go home,” said Guthrie.

“Boys that are at a top level, some of them get caught in a false sense of se­cu­rity and they think this will be the life that they live for­ever.

“They have a lovely train­ing ground, drive a nice car and have ev­ery­thing done for them, but if your club de­cides that you’re not good enough, you soon re­alise that you’re go­ing to be train­ing on a Tues­day or Thurs­day night and try­ing to re­build your ca­reer.

“It’s im­por­tant to get games un­der your belt be­cause, nowa­days, I think teams would rather take a player who has played 100 games in League Two or the Na­tional League than a lad who’s come from the Cham­pi­onship Un­der-23s and never played a se­nior game.”

No­body’s played a more cru­cial role in his devel­op­ment than his own fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly sib­ling Ser­ena, whose Com­mon­wealth tri­umph has in­spired his own game.

“My dad used to be a coach of the women’s team that my sis­ter played for and I used to go along and train with them,” he said.

De­ter­mined

“She would come to my games and we would al­ways try to outdo each other in terms of who would score more goals. “We are both de­ter­mined peo­ple and we don’t like to be beaten by sit­u­a­tions. “She’s a fan­tas­tic in­spi­ra­tion. She’s been do­ing so well for so many years and I think the sport of net­ball is fi­nally get­ting the recog­ni­tion that it de­serves. “She’s paving the way for the younger girls to come through and in terms of the Com­mon­wealths, she did amaz­ingly to bring back the gold medal. “I was up at three or four o’clock in the morn­ing cheer­ing her on. “It’s a lovely thing to be able to watch your sib­ling do, to reach the very top of their ca­reer.”

PIC­TURE: PSI

AIM­ING HIGH: Kur­tis Guthie cel­e­brates his goal for Stevenage against Chel­tenham

SUC­CESS­FUL: Sis­ter Ser­ena in ac­tion for the Eng­land net­ball team

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