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Preview: Addai on Stevenage and his new deal

2 May 2019

Interviews

Preview: Addai on Stevenage and his new deal

2 May 2019

Alex Addai will remain a part of the Cheltenham Town squad next season having agreed to extend his stay at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, and the popular attacker is looking forward to Saturday's final game at Stevenage on his return from injury.

The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster, who was plucked from non-league Merstham in May last year, came on as a late substitute in Saturday's victory over Swindon Town, having recovered from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action for the past three months.

It was a welcome return to action before the end of the campaign, and he was relieved to be back out there, albeit for a brief stint in the win over the Wiltshire side.

"I was absolutely delighted and buzzing at the reception I got," he said. "I got to be back and around it with minutes on the pitch. It's been a long old three months and to finally get on the pitch and see all the hard work off the pitch, and finally get back on the pitch is really good.

"It was a tough old spell but thankfully the medical staff, Gav (Crowe), Jimbo (James Redman) and Kai (Hepworth) were really supportive during it all, helping me emotionally, mentally and physcically. It was a long old process, especially at the time I got injured I thought I was just getting a run into the team. It was an unfortunate injury but it's part and parcel of football."

Having helped kickstart the good run of form that saw Michael Duff's men climb the League Two table, the 25-year-old has been forced to watch from the stands in recent weeks, but has been thrilled to see his teammates push the club forward.

He added: "We've come a long way - progression has become an obsession amongst the group and everyone is bang on it. It's really good to see - they were pushing me without them knowing it. I just wanted to be back and part of the success."

It's been a big first season in the Football League for Addai, and his energy and performances have seen him rewarded the opportunity for him to do it all over again next season, having recently agreed a new contract.

"That was the aim from the very beginning for myself," he continued. "For it to finally happen I'm delighted with it.

"I think I've done a lot of learning off the pitch. I've learnt a lot about myself, about being professional. It's been very up and down but I wouldn't change it for anything.

"Sometimes it's a dream, I can't believe I'm here. It was only the other day I was working in a classroom."

With just one more game left to go he is keen on having one final say this season, when the Robins get set to take on Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday.

"It's another game I want to be involved in and another game I want to win. Last time I believe we played Stevenage we lost 2-0, since then we are a different side. I think it'll be a good test.

"Whether it's Stevenage, MK Dons, Bury, it's another game we want to win."

Tickets and away travel for Saturday's final fixture are available to buy from the ticket office on Friday between 10am and 3pm. For more details on prices and how to book click here.

Season tickets for Cheltenham's 2019/20 League Two season are now on sale. There's a cut to adult prices, a new age category for 16 to 22 year olds and under-16s receive a free shirt with their season ticket. To buy yours, or to find out more, click here.


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