JOHN Bostock has confessed to feeling ‘like a kid again’ during his recent run in the Swindon Town first team.
The on-loan Tottenham midfielder, who initially struggled to break into manager Paolo Di Canio’s matchday squad following his switch from White Hart Lane in August, finally forced his way into the Italian’s starting XI at Stevenage on October 27 and has gone on to make a serious impression at the heart of the Robins’ midfield.
The 20-year-old was in fine form when talking to the local media on Tuesday, where he admitted that being left out of the Town side for nine games in a row earlier in the campaign was tough to take.
However, he knuckled down and in applying himself to the task at hand he has woken up the youngster in him.
“I just feel like a kid again. I look forward to Saturdays,” he said.
“At Tottenham I was just training, training, training and not featuring but now I’m training throughout at the week and to be involved on Saturday is fantastic.
“Being a footballer you have to adapt to any situation. Last season I had to play a completely different role and a different position on the pitch as well, and even when I came back I had to fight and be patient and I think there was a period of nine games where I didn’t play. Sometimes I didn’t even travel.
“Football can change so quickly and that’s one thing I’ve learnt, even though I’m still young. I’ve learnt that football can change quickly. One week you’re up and one week you’re down.
“At the moment I’m on a little bit of a high because I’m playing and enjoying my football so I’ll take it as it comes.”
Swindon are without a game until the visit of Doncaster on December 8, having been dumped out of the FA Cup at the first-round stage by Macclesfield earlier this month.
A fortnight’s break could be considered an unwelcome distraction, as the Robins try to find the consistency necessary to make an assault on the play-off places in League One, but Bostock thinks the time off could help clear the players’ minds.
“It is a strange time, and especially for me because it’s my first real time I’ve been playing at a club around this period,” he said.
“To not play is strange but we know that it’s a mental break from games but training is still intense.
“Next Saturday we’ve got a game and it’s a big game for us, so hopefully there’s plenty of time to refresh our minds and get ready for the next game.
“Hopefully, even though there’s no game for a couple of weeks, in the following games I can feature and do well and just maintain the progression that I’ve shown so far.”