Written by Rob Overfield Hits: 1840
The last 18 months has been a torrid time for Beavers favourite Matt Lovett, with one injury after another. To find out how he's progressing back to fitness, Rob caught up with Matt recently.
As the pre season gets going and the club gears up to another season, long serving keeper Matt Lovett is forced to sit on the sidelines. "This is the first pre-season I've missed in my football life. It would have been my 18th as football is all I've known."
During last season, Matt suffered a break of the tibia and fibula in a reserve game, in which he'd been called up for. "I can still remember the pain after the challenge, you can't describe it. Perhaps if it had been in a first team game it might not have happened as the defenders would have been a bit more experienced."
Matt hasn't given up hope of playing. "I still think I can play again, in fact the steel rod in my leg will help make it stronger and I feel I can still play a high level of football. Plus at the moment I'm doing my coaching badges, as I want to stay in football when the time comes that I can't play.”
As yet he doesn’t have a return date for returning to football, but there’s no doubt he will return. “To be honest, I don’t know where it’ll be, either at Hampton or elsewhere but I will play again.”
However Matt doesn't see himself as management material. Smiling he said "I don't think I'd like to be a manager when that time comes, I see myself more in coaching."
Matt is hoping that he'll be allowed off crutches soon as he has an important day approaching. "I'd like the doctors to say that I can start walking short distances again, as in about 3 weeks I'll be getting married, it would be nice to be able to walk without the crutches on that day."
"I would just like to thank club chaplain Paul Barker for all his visits and his contact throughout the last few months, it’s been a great help to me, and I appreciate that."