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Billy's Blog: I'm 28 and feeling old!

Billy's Blog: I'm 28 and feeling old!

Colin Munford1 Feb 2013 - 18:07
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Millers skipper Billy Holland took time out for a Q&A with the website about all things Aveley.

Q: You must be delighted with how things are going on the pitch at the moment?

Things are going extremely well at the moment, there has been a lot of hard work put in and the results prove that it is paying off. We know how tight it is at the top of the league and we need to keep this good run going and avoid defeat as often as possible.

Q: After Jay Leader stepped down as captain, you were installed as the skipper. That must give you a great feeling to be respected by the whole team?

I was over the moon when all the boys picked me to be the captain. Jay decided to step down and the team was asked who they wanted to be captain and it was me. It gives me enormous pleasure to skipper this talented side that has been assembled.

Q: Have you ever been a captain before? How have you found the experience?

I had never wanted to be a captain before at any other club but now I am skipper here it is a great feeling. There is the added pressure that comes with it but it has been going well so far and hopefully that will continue. At the age of 28 I am one of the oldest here which is amazing really, I have normally been one of the youngest wherever I have been before.

Q: This season has seen you switch from your usual striker role to one in the centre of midfield, how have you found that?

I came back to the club as a striker but the gaffer was honest with me and said it’d be difficult with the strikers we have at the club to get regular action in that position.
I said to him I could do a job in midfield. After a few training sessions he decided to play me there and I haven’t looked back.
I did think it would be more of an attacking role! But so far its all been as a defensive midfielder and has seen Victor (assistant manager) refer to me as the Sergio Busquets of the team.

Q: That suggests there is a lot of banter around the camp despite their being plenty of competition for places?

It really is a great dressing room. Everyone is happy and when people aren't playing they are always there to wish each other good luck. There are no bad characters at the club.

Q: You have been part of a number of teams over your career, how do you rate the Millers team you are part of today?

Talent wise it has to be the best. There are a lot of young boys of 20-21 years of age, the ability and talent they have got should see them go a long way. At 28 I am the second oldest! It’s crazy!

Q: What are your hopes and aspirations over the rest of the season?

As a group we have set our sights on the play-offs but we also have one eye on Maldon.
They have slipped up a little of late themselves and if we can keep up our current form and pick up the three points most weeks then the pressure is on them to perform.
Maldon are a very efficient side and are top for a reason but we have got to keep putting pressure on them.

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