10 Feb 2021 in News
Following a difficult time with fitness, Grant Spencer feels ready to contribute on the pitch whilst also fulfilling his coaching role with the club
Once Town fans are able to return to Ericstan Park, it’s fair to say one of the things they will look forward to seeing the most is Grant Spencer back on the pitch with the experienced midfielder putting in the work to get match fit. The technical minded midfielder is now in his second spell at the club.
Having reflected on his previous time at the club, Spencer feels as though it was something which could have gone better.
“I would say it was disappointing to be honest. Nothing against Wythenshawe at all, just more in myself. Looking back, I misjudged the standard of the league and thought it would be easier to perform in than what it was. So I definitely could have dedicated myself a lot more”.
Following a spell at Abbey Hey in order to seek first team football, the versatile player decided to make the switch back to Ericstan Park after being offered a player/coach role. Spencer, 28, is now more determined than ever to show his teammates what he is able to contribute on the pitch, especially one in particular.
“I know what I can do as a player. Being unfit during my previous time at Wythenshawe frustrated me more than anything as people couldn’t see the things I was capable off.
“A massive factor in me trying to get back to my best fitness is Deane Smalley. He is up there with one of my closest mates, so it makes me very keen to get back on the pitch as I feel like we can achieve something together and as a team. We’ve done quite a few runs together now and he’s been great for me”.
The start of this season couldn’t have gone better for Town, winning all seven of our opening matches. Maintaining such momentum (whenever football resumes) is key and Spencer feels as though the squad can perform to an even higher standard.
“As a group of lads, we know what we are capable of. If I’m being totally honest, I feel like we have been playing in second gear at times this season in the games we won. This is obviously exciting for us though as we know there is more to come.”
Away from the field, a notable difference for Spencer following his return to Ericstan Park this season is an additional coaching role. Given his popularity inside the dressing room, it was no surprise to see him take on the responsibility. It’s something which he is enjoying and hoping to carry on for a long time.
“I’m just buzzing to be back with this group, the lads we’ve got here are top draw and I think we’ve got a great chance of being successful.
“I have really enjoyed the coaching side. Whilst still being a player, I feel like I’ve got a good understand with the lads. I try not to complicate things with my sessions, we have a couple of hours a week to work on things and I just try to make that time enjoyable whenever I’m delivering.
“I like being able to have that input for a matchday and working alongside Kins [1st team manager] and Whiteside [assistant manager]. Hopefully, I can stay at Town for as long as them!”
Everybody at Wythenshawe Town is looking forward to seeing the contribution of Spencer on both sides of the touchline.