All change at the Mill for Muggleton!
Chad, 19 July 06
transcribed by carole
CARL Muggleton found Field Mill quite a different place when he returned this week seven years after his last spell.
And the 37-year-old said he had found a renewed appetite for the game and believes he and young keeper Jason White could be good for each other.
“When I was last here it was with Billy Dearden in the old stadium so a lot of things have changed since then,” he said.
“And it was a bit of a surprise when I walked into the dressing room to see so many young lads in there. Hopefully I can pass a few things onto them. I know when I was a young player the older players in the dressing room were always passing on advice. Sometimes you took it with a pinch of salt and ignored it. But I hope I can help out if people want me to.”
Muggleton is doing his 22nd pre-season in a much-travelled career which has taken him to places like Leicester, Liverpool, Celtic, Stoke City, and neighbours Chesterfield who released him at the end of last season.
“I was a bit disappointed they let me go as I feel I still have something to offer,” he said. But moving does give you a fresh start somewhere else and I was very pleased to get a phone call from the manager here. I know Peter Shirtliff from when I was at Leicester and he was there with Micky Adams. I have enjoyed my week training here so far and Peter and Paul Holland want to do things in the right way.”
Leicester-based Shirtliff has challenged Jason White to finally make this his season and establish himself as the club's number one.
But Muggleton has no intention of accepting second best which he feels will be good for both of them.
“The manager told me he had a promising young keeper here but, at my age, I want to keep playing. However, if I can help Jason in any way and push him into the first team then that would be great too. I still have ambitions to play and it is important to have competition. It will help Jason to have me as both competition and back-up I hope we can work together and develop a bit of a rapport and relationship. He can push me too.”
Muggleton said he had fallen back in love with the game.
“I have always enjoyed playing football but, in your mid-20's you do go through a time when you start to feel it is a bit of a job really which I think everyone gets a bit like in any job. But now I can see the end of my career coming it gives you that drive back again to push on and brings back the enthusiasm for playing. You don't want to have to grow up really!”
“I have got young boys and I see their enthusiasm and you just want to go out and have a kick about with the lads.”
Since leaving Chesterfield Muggleton has been training with Conference side Tamworth and Conference North club Alfreton Town, where he knew the management.
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