Imps midfielder Alex Woodyard has spoken today of the incredible atmosphere around the club, and agrees with the Stacey West that injury avoidance isn’t purely down to luck.
The level of injuries has been significantly low considering the number of games we’ve had to play in close proximity, Alex has played 36 games this season, which (Josh O’Keefe aside) is more than any player featured in the whole season when we came down. It’s expected he’ll easily get past 50 games, the first outfield player to do so since Richard Butcher in 2004/05.
“The medical staff are brilliant. They set us injury prevention exercises every day before training and the managers training regime gives the players the base to play 60 games a season.”
With an FA Cup fifth round tie to look forward too, and the potential for three play off games as well, Alex may well find himself being the first Lincoln player to play sixty games in a season since records began! One competition he is unlikely to feature in is the FA Trophy, with a second string being preferred to keep players fresh. He had a couple of days off to recover this weekend, but that didn’t stop him going to watch the match at Welling.
“I actually did some training on the pitch before the game. Welling is local to me.”
It seems with everything happening around the club, Alex is keen to be involved even when he is given the opportunity not to be.
“It’s really enjoyable going into training everyday, everyone enjoys working hard! The atmosphere and buzz around the place is incredible!”
He was heavily linked with a refused bid from Doncaster Rovers in the January window, but it slammed shut with him remaining a Lincoln City player. Amongst the squad he is jokingly known as the managers son, and he didn’t let any speculation lure him away from sticking by the managers he knows so well.
“I was always focused on winning the next game and getting to my levels to help the team perform. Lincoln is a fantastic club with huge potential, we should take it step by step and achieve the first goal in promotion and putting the club where it should be!”
As the games keep coming we’ll need our best players fit and hungry as we look like playing more games this season then ever before. The new loan players may well be coming in to help bolster the side, but the first team players are looking as fit as they did when a ball was first kicked. There’s a lot of football still to play, but with rumours of unrest at one or two of our rivals it is refreshing and exciting to hear our team are as united as ever.