League One Pro Life
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lee Trundle brings us his latest exclusive column.
Hi and thanks for joining me for my first column of the New Year.
The New Year did not exactly start as I wanted, as I was sent off in our final game of 2006.
This was a real blow to me as I was just hitting some real form, indeed I scored two goals at Huddersfield before I saw red.
The red card meant I missed the first three games of this year, but that does not mean I had it easy or was able to party at New Year.
I think some people presume because I wasn't playing on New Year's day, I had the opportunity to go out and party. But that was far from the case as I had a nice quiet night with my mum and daughter.
At the end of the day I am still a professional and I know fine well that I cannot go out partying at Christmas and New Year - that is just the life of a professional in England and I don't think any of us can complain.
One other major blow about being sent off was the fact that I missed the FA Cup tie at Sheffield United - but thankfully the lads produced a great display and won.
That gives me the chance to play in the next round and on paper we have a great chance at Ipswich. Obviously with them being at home they will be favourites, but we will be going there very confident and the chance to get into the FA Cup fifth round does not come too often so we will hopefully take that chance.
In the league we are pretty well placed I feel to make the push for the promotion spots. Last year we blew up when we had been heading the pack, but this time around we are just off the scene but are ready and poised to make a move.
I hopefully make my comeback on Saturday as we host Nottingham Forest and this game really does bring home what we could be doing on a weekly basis - playing big clubs and filling our brilliant new stadium on a regular basis.
As I said I hope to be involved against Forest, I have not started for three games - but I did play the full 90 minutes in our Welsh Cup game against Port Talbot. It was a mixture of first team and reserves and although not up to league standard it was great to get a game under my belt and I think that stands me in good stead for the weekend.
Hi Lee, my question regards iconism as you seem to have it at Swansea. How strong an attachment does it have on a player, and would it be enough to keep you at a club unless your boyhood club came calling?
I do have a lot of loyalty to Swansea and I do love the club now, and yes it would take a lot for me to leave here. Football is a strange thing and you never know what will happen, but as you say it would take a lot for me to leave this behind.
Lee, as a Swans supporter for over 40 years my question is was your time at Wrexham in the shadow of Andrew Morrell frustrating for you owing to the fact that even with Andrew getting 30 plus goals in a season you came out with 11 goals your self and I believe all the penalties he scored you made most of them?
Not at all Robert, striking partnerships is part and parcel of football. I really had a good understanding with Andy and part of that saw me drop deep and become a creator. I think the season your refer to I had just about the most assists in the league, so I was far from unhappy - we did well together and so did the team, and that is what counted.
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