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Hereford United captain Luke Graham - A view from Edgar Street
11:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
A view from Edgar Street by Hereford United skipper Luke Graham.
IT has been an indifferent start to the season for us and very much like this time last season.
We haven’t really had a settled team due to injuries to players such as Michael Rankine, Kingsley James and Josh O’Keefe to name a few.
When you have a small squad, injuries to players can really hurt you.
We then become reliant on the loan market again and hope they pay off.
I do believe with a settled team we will climb up the table.
With teams like Nuneaton and Braintree around the play-offs, it shows what can be done on a small budget.
One thing I would say though, is what they have had over the past year is, a settled squad of players.
Stability is the key word here.
They live within their means, have worked with a few local players and have stability.
Looking at the team sheets from last season to this, both teams starting 11 were almost unchanged against us.
The summer was uncertain for the football club and many players left for various reasons.
It’s no wonder with the turnaround of players we have been so inconsistent.
We have tried to inherit a few local players like Joel Edwards and Sam Gwynne.
The facts are there are 14 of us players that live more than two hours away and that’s also a problem, the catchment area.
It would be great to see players committing their futures to Hereford United in January for next season so the club can have stability on the field.
Unfortunately it’s the offthe- field problems that continue to overshadow everything and I would love to hear something positive about the club moving forward.
There has been an apparent doom and gloom around the club since I joined and I have to say that it is transparent in the atmosphere at Edgar Street at times.
I’m sure that everyone shares my frustration; I would love more than anything to see this club rise again, to be top of the table and see Edgar Street rocking once again.
The peak of a career for a footballer is usually between 27 and 32 and that’s where I am at now.
Does the club share my ambition and want to be a club challenging for the football league again? I hope it does.
There are some great Hereford people at this football club like Roger (kitman), Shirley and Richard (catering staff), the ‘G Blockers’ who have watched games for years at Edgar Street and Mark Blandford who I had the pleasure to meet last year, that definitely share my enthusiasm.
I am proud to be captain of Hereford United and I will continue to give my all to this club until the end of the season, along with the management team and the rest of the playing staff.
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