Johnson - Twenty in for Brooker
Gary Johnson has revealed that 20 clubs have made an approach to take Steve Brooker on loan.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 07/01/08 2:43pm
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has revealed that 20 clubs have made an approach to take Steve Brooker on loan.
The striker has recently recovered after undergoing two knee operations during 2007.
His last appearance for the Robins first-team was almost 10 months ago, and in that time the club have added Darren Byfield and Lee Trundle to their squad.
Brooker has been building up his fitness for the reserves and Johnson feels that it may be beneficial to both parties if he now goes on-loan to regain his match sharpness.
"There is a lot of interest in Brooks, we've had loan bids from 20 clubs," he told the club's official website.
"I'll sit down and discuss it with Brooks. If we both feel it is right then we will let him go on loan for a short time to build up some match fitness."
Brooker is just happy to be playing football again after a nightmare 18-month period which has seen him spend time in prison as well as having to deal with a career-threatening injury.
"Being injured for that length of time was a massive wake-up call to me," he told the Bristol Evening Post.
"You can take football for granted at times, but I won't be doing that again.
"When something you love is suddenly taken away from you like that, it makes you sit up and realise what you have and how lucky you are.
"There were times when I wondered if I would ever be able to kick a ball again. People were saying that my career could be over and there were rumours going about that I was finished.
"It's human nature to question yourself in those situations. That's when I realised how much playing football meant to me and how fortunate I was to be able to earn my livelihood doing something I loved so much.
"Being injured and going to prison have changed me and taught me to appreciate what I have."