I’ve been speaking to Tom Pett this week for the regular programme piece and as ever, I’ve managed to glean a few comments ahead of the match to share with you.
The interview itself is good reading (I hope). Tom is always chatty, articulate and happy to go into some depth with his answers. We talk about Everton, the personal effect of the transfer window on players and his reaction to his new song.
I also managed to ask him about the busy festive period, which kicked off with his goal against Newport sealing us three points and getting the Christmas cheer of to a good start. A total of seven points from 12 saw us stay top and Tom told me he doesn’t have a problem with the packed schedule.
“It’s been a testing Christmas period, there’s been a lot of games to play but as a footballer it’s a period that you look forward to. Every player wants to be playing as many games as they can. We’d rather be playing a game than training so it’s a positive. It’s been enjoyable, to come out of it still top of the table is positive too.”
“The focus now is putting on good performances between now and the end of the season and hopefully we’ll still be at the top of the league come May.”
Of course, much of the focus for the fans will be on player recruitment, the typical incomings and outgoings. We’ve seen plenty of the latter, but not much of the former. With sides like Mansfield making numerous acquisitions, I wondered if Tom thought it important to loan up on new faces.
“Danny and Nicky will be working hard not just to sign players, but to sign the right players. I wouldn’t say it’s a necessity to bring six or seven in like some clubs will, some people may say if we get two or three and sort out the loans then we’ll be on the right track.”
Finally, Tom featured on the front of the Stacey West fanzine this issue (on sale Saturday if you missed it) and I wondered if he’d been a cover boy before and if he’d been buying up the copies himself!
“I think my Dad and sister and family have bought a few to be fair. I’ve done a few signatures on them as well. It’s the first time I’ve been a cover boy though. I’m sure I’ll see a few more copies over the next few months.”
I did tell him we could be bribed if he knew any of the players who might like to feature next month.
“I’ll pass that on, I won’t name names but there a few of the lads who might be interested. Not naming any names, Bruno Andrade.”
The rest of the interview can be found in this weekend’s match day programme, a vital purchase to keep you entertained at half time. If you don’t drink. Or smoke.
Okay, buy it to read on the loo later in the evening.