McAllister Not Ready To Hang His Boots Up Yet
Skipper Jamie McAllister has said he's hoping to extend his stay at Huish Park into the future because he's not ready to draw time on his spell at the club just yet, or hang up his boots, following our 'unbelievable' Championship season.
The 35 year old has been almost an ever present this season, and his time as skipper has seen us will promotion from League One, and then be truly competitive (at points) in the Championship even though we seemed to clock things too late to get us out of the relegation battle, and despite the disappointment that brings, there is still plenty to be pleased and positive about moving forward - and moving forward is McAllister's hope now.
Speaking to the Official Site with his contract up and the end of the season after signing for us back in the summer of 2012, he explained.
'Of course I'm looking to keep playing, I'm fit and looking to carry on - age is just a number to me. I have played 38 games this season and I'm itching to keep going. Hopefully I will have a chat with the gaffer. I'd like to stay here but we will see what happens. I would like to continue here.'
As for our nigh on relegation following the loss to Huddersfield in our last game, McAllister admits that the dressing room was very low at full time and this week in training it's obvious that everybody is gutted because we did come so close to almost pulling off what might have been the 'great escape' of the decade in the Championship, and only 2-3 games going our way would've made such a difference - even one extra victory this season might have been enough with two games remaining.
'Obviously the boys are gutted, just disappointed that it's pretty much over. But over the last year or so the spirit in the camp has been brilliant with a great set of lads and I think we've done unbelievable with regard to some of the games. We've given a good account of ourselves over the season but just came up short.'
McAllister finishes the interview by saying that the team are determined to give their all in the final two games again and if we can end the season on a high, even if relegation is fated, by taking two wins - if we do that, maybe the almost impossible will be achieved but even if not, going out strongly he knows is the least the players owe themselves, the club and the fans.