I've been waiting for this article for a while, in the knowledge that it was being held back for the summer. I spent a day with Fourfourtwo Magazine at St George's Park covering a story that football fans rarely see, the long road to recovery for an injured lower league player.
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The story was fascinating, it's hard not to have a lot of sympathy for the guys who were working hard to get back to full fitness to try and earn a new contract. You tend to forget that for every £100k a week footballer you hear about, there are many more players in the lower leagues, they have the same bills that you and I have to pay and the same financial concerns, all mixed into a very short career.
The players we met were all coming into the final months of their club contracts or already released, and were struggling to plan for their next contract as they were out of action. The PFA help them out with this short rehab course, and despite their worries the guy's were really giving it their all, and surprisingly upbeat and easy to work with.
Good luck to them. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for their names in the hope that they have got a contract over the next month or two.
Matt Stewart Photos
I've been a photographer for quite a long time now. So hopefully I have something to say about it.