SWINDON TOWN: Bostock out to impress

John Bostock, left

John Bostock, left

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JOHN Bostock is not letting his contractual situation at Tottenham play on his mind as he continues to rebuild his career at Swindon Town.

The 20-year-old’s deal with the Premier League giants runs out this summer, and he has revealed that no discussions regarding an extension have yet been mooted by the White Hart Lane outfit.

Bostock is on loan with Town until January, during which time he plans to put himself in the shop window and prove what he can do.

And he refuses to become downbeat about the prospect of being without a club in eight months’ time.

“My main reason for coming back to Swindon was to play games. When you’re playing you’re in the shop window. If you’re playing and doing well the rest takes care of itself,” he said.

“My contract is up this summer so I’m happy playing football here and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

“I’m in constant contact with the development manager at Spurs, Tim Sherwood, and Chris Ramsey. They’re always calling me after games asking how I’ve done and if I’m enjoying it.

“They’re always asking me how I’m getting on, but with contracts when it comes to that there hasn’t been any talk. It’s one of those things where you have to take each day as it comes and you can’t get too far ahead.

“If you start thinking about that then maybe it can start to affect your play.

“I’m not looking at it with negative vibes one bit. I’ve had four great years at Spurs, I haven’t played as much football as I wanted to but I’ve learnt so much so I’ve got a good grounding now.

“I’m just looking to push on and just find a home and enjoy my football.”

Bostock is unwilling to predict what will happen in the months to come just yet, but he has been saddened by suggestions that he made a poor choice earlier in his career.

Aged just 16 the midfielder moved from Crystal Palace to Spurs for an initial £750,000 but he has struggled to make an impact on league football since then. In the meantime, another graduate of Palace’s academy, Wilfried Zaha, has progressed through the ranks to gain international honours.

Bostock feels the comparison is unfair.

“No one can tell the future. Possibly. I’ve said in every interview I’ve had at Swindon that I need to play games. I’ve read quite recently a lot of criticism comparing me to Zaha and how if I’d stayed this and that would have happened,” he said.

“But if you look at my loans I’ve never really been given the chance or the opportunity just to play. Whether that’s my own fault or the clubs’ fault that I’ve been to, it’s gone now.

“I’m 20 years old, I’m still young but I’ve had knockbacks and taken criticism so hopefully I can take that on and be a better person and a better player.”

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6:37am Sat 1 Dec 12

california andy says...

A very sensible young man, and a great player. Sign him on permanently - and play him with Simon every game.
A very sensible young man, and a great player. Sign him on permanently - and play him with Simon every game. california andy
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8:08am Sat 1 Dec 12

jedthered says...

Hi Ian,hope you recover in time for the donny match, i know how man flu can affect us, hehehe on to predictions

(1) bfc3-1mfc
(2)1434
(3)33 min
(4) 23 goals
(5) 2reds, 17yellows
(6) home to wolves

(V)5th in league

(W)Wiilliams hatrick
(X) Flint own goal
(Z) 21points top to bottom
Cheers Ian
Hi Ian,hope you recover in time for the donny match, i know how man flu can affect us, hehehe on to predictions (1) bfc3-1mfc (2)1434 (3)33 min (4) 23 goals (5) 2reds, 17yellows (6) home to wolves (V)5th in league (W)Wiilliams hatrick (X) Flint own goal (Z) 21points top to bottom Cheers Ian jedthered
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8:39am Sat 1 Dec 12

Wroughtonred says...

Hope your better soon

B 1 M 1
1046
22
40
2 Red 32 Yellow
Accrington away

v) 5th
w) Collins
x) N Thompson og
y) 17 points
z) 24 points
Hope your better soon B 1 M 1 1046 22 40 2 Red 32 Yellow Accrington away v) 5th w) Collins x) N Thompson og y) 17 points z) 24 points Wroughtonred
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8:43am Sat 1 Dec 12

perth red says...

Can't seem to post predictions on the "Predictions League" article, so I hope you pick them up on here SAPFanSTFC!
1. 1-2
2. 2,150
3. 27 mins
4. 38 goals
5. 4 reds 29 yellow
6. away to Reading

v) 6th
w) Storey
x) McEveley
y) 15 points

Thanks for all the hard work
Can't seem to post predictions on the "Predictions League" article, so I hope you pick them up on here SAPFanSTFC! 1. 1-2 2. 2,150 3. 27 mins 4. 38 goals 5. 4 reds 29 yellow 6. away to Reading v) 6th w) Storey x) McEveley y) 15 points Thanks for all the hard work perth red
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8:47am Sat 1 Dec 12

perth red says...

I missed question Z)!

z) 35 points
I missed question Z)! z) 35 points perth red
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9:17am Sat 1 Dec 12

mustard red says...

1) 0-3
2) 1202
3) 22
4) 38
5) Blackpool away
V) 6th
W) Collins
X) Ward
Y) 13
Z) 30
1) 0-3 2) 1202 3) 22 4) 38 5) Blackpool away V) 6th W) Collins X) Ward Y) 13 Z) 30 mustard red
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9:40am Sat 1 Dec 12

Wilesy says...

1) Barrow 1 - 2 Macclesfield
2) 2,222
3) 28 minutes
4) 32 goals
5) 3 reds, 28 yellows
6) Away v Wigan
V) 6th
W) Collins
X) McEveley
Y) 13 points
Z) 36 points
1) Barrow 1 - 2 Macclesfield 2) 2,222 3) 28 minutes 4) 32 goals 5) 3 reds, 28 yellows 6) Away v Wigan V) 6th W) Collins X) McEveley Y) 13 points Z) 36 points Wilesy
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10:09am Sat 1 Dec 12

Oxon-Red says...

Barra 2 Maccer 2
2,367
24 Mins
48 Goals
4 Reds, 39 Yellows
Away to Palace

COYMR
Barra 2 Maccer 2 2,367 24 Mins 48 Goals 4 Reds, 39 Yellows Away to Palace COYMR Oxon-Red
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10:36am Sat 1 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

Hi folks,
..Hanging by a thread folks, hanging by a thread...the darkness descended and thought that was it then realised a light bulb had gone. :-)
---.
Not sure what they've done but as you say you can't post any predictions.
---.
If we get enough entries on here then I'll accept it as a scoring week but due to the problems - i.e. it is also hidden way down the list as well, then we may have to miss out on the Barrow v Maccers game....just to be fair to all.
---.
Mine for what they're worth:
(1) Barrow 2 - 1 Macclesfield
(2) Att:1,547
(3) 1st Goal: 27mins
(4) Tot Sat F.A. Cup Goals: 41
(5) 3 Reds and 38 Yellows
(6) Wigan - Away
---
I'll do the others on a proper posting thread - results will be up soon, just probably not today now due to life threatening illness
Hi folks, ..Hanging by a thread folks, hanging by a thread...the darkness descended and thought that was it then realised a light bulb had gone. :-) ---. Not sure what they've done but as you say you can't post any predictions. ---. If we get enough entries on here then I'll accept it as a scoring week but due to the problems - i.e. it is also hidden way down the list as well, then we may have to miss out on the Barrow v Maccers game....just to be fair to all. ---. Mine for what they're worth: (1) Barrow 2 - 1 Macclesfield (2) Att:1,547 (3) 1st Goal: 27mins (4) Tot Sat F.A. Cup Goals: 41 (5) 3 Reds and 38 Yellows (6) Wigan - Away --- I'll do the others on a proper posting thread - results will be up soon, just probably not today now due to life threatening illness SAPFanSTFC
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12:10pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Roy Carter says...

FA Cup special

1) Barrow 1 - 2 Macclesfield
2) 1,608
3) 52 minutes
4) 45 goals
5) 3 reds, 40 yellows
6) Man Utd Home
FA Cup special 1) Barrow 1 - 2 Macclesfield 2) 1,608 3) 52 minutes 4) 45 goals 5) 3 reds, 40 yellows 6) Man Utd Home Roy Carter
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12:37pm Sat 1 Dec 12

smirg kcab says...

Barrow 0 maccs 1
1710
11 mins
Goals 48
2 reds 44 yellows
Mk dons home
Barrow 0 maccs 1 1710 11 mins Goals 48 2 reds 44 yellows Mk dons home smirg kcab
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12:51pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Redgollum says...

Same for me, can't post predictions.
But will do it here & hope that it surfaces somewhere.
1) Barrow 1 Maccs 3
2) 3000
3) 24 mins
4) 40
5) 2 Reds, 31 yellows
6) Burnley A

V) 8th
X) Ward
Y) 41
Z) 40
Same for me, can't post predictions. But will do it here & hope that it surfaces somewhere. 1) Barrow 1 Maccs 3 2) 3000 3) 24 mins 4) 40 5) 2 Reds, 31 yellows 6) Burnley A V) 8th X) Ward Y) 41 Z) 40 Redgollum
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12:51pm Sat 1 Dec 12

tifosi says...

1) Barrow 2 - 2 Macclesfield
2) 1774
3) 34 minutes
4) 41 goals
5) 2 reds, 37 yellows
6) AFC Wimbledon away
1) Barrow 2 - 2 Macclesfield 2) 1774 3) 34 minutes 4) 41 goals 5) 2 reds, 37 yellows 6) AFC Wimbledon away tifosi
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1:20pm Sat 1 Dec 12

marston old boy says...

Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.
Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side. marston old boy
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1:32pm Sat 1 Dec 12

badger58 says...

barrow 0 maccs 2
1523
27 mins
40 goals
2 reds 27 yellows
Burnley away
barrow 0 maccs 2 1523 27 mins 40 goals 2 reds 27 yellows Burnley away badger58
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1:47pm Sat 1 Dec 12

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

marston old boy wrote:
Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.
Sad news indeed.

Unfortunately we have to share air space with such low life scum in sad moments like this.

RIP.
[quote][p][bold]marston old boy[/bold] wrote: Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.[/p][/quote]Sad news indeed. Unfortunately we have to share air space with such low life scum in sad moments like this. RIP. TheDukeOfBanbury
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6:49pm Sat 1 Dec 12

smirg kcab says...

And you say we get bad officials?
You need to watch the reading game lol
Where's sue
Onwards and upwards
And you say we get bad officials? You need to watch the reading game lol Where's sue Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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7:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

southside7 says...

marston old boy wrote:
Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.
Sincere apologies from the other 99.7% of Swindon fans that will share your club's grief and hope that this individual is hounded and shown up for the twot that he is.
[quote][p][bold]marston old boy[/bold] wrote: Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.[/p][/quote]Sincere apologies from the other 99.7% of Swindon fans that will share your club's grief and hope that this individual is hounded and shown up for the twot that he is. southside7
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8:03pm Sat 1 Dec 12

mancrobin says...

marston old boy wrote:
Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.
Hi Marston. It is very sad news indeed. I saw something earlier on the BBC Football web page. As with Muamba it seems so odd that something
Iike this can happen to a fit young man.

Like fellow posters above, I have no desire to associate with idiots who continue our rivalry past bounds of decency.
[quote][p][bold]marston old boy[/bold] wrote: Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.[/p][/quote]Hi Marston. It is very sad news indeed. I saw something earlier on the BBC Football web page. As with Muamba it seems so odd that something Iike this can happen to a fit young man. Like fellow posters above, I have no desire to associate with idiots who continue our rivalry past bounds of decency. mancrobin
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1:52pm Sun 2 Dec 12

candlestrobe says...

... and if it offends, report it as offensive.
... and if it offends, report it as offensive. candlestrobe
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2:20pm Sun 2 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

mancrobin wrote:
marston old boy wrote:
Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.
Hi Marston. It is very sad news indeed. I saw something earlier on the BBC Football web page. As with Muamba it seems so odd that something
Iike this can happen to a fit young man.

Like fellow posters above, I have no desire to associate with idiots who continue our rivalry past bounds of decency.
Hear Hear!..and all our thoughts and wishes go to all of Mitchell's family and friends at this very sad time.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marston old boy[/bold] wrote: Oxford fan in peace here I not sure if you have heard Mitchell Cole one of our players who had to retire from the game due to heart problems has passed away over night at the age of 27 leaving a young family. I post on here naming and shaming one of your so-called fans. I guy called Clayton Scott if you go on facebook and look at this morons status regarding Mitchell it is sick to say the least. At times like this rivalry should be put to one side.[/p][/quote]Hi Marston. It is very sad news indeed. I saw something earlier on the BBC Football web page. As with Muamba it seems so odd that something Iike this can happen to a fit young man. Like fellow posters above, I have no desire to associate with idiots who continue our rivalry past bounds of decency.[/p][/quote]Hear Hear!..and all our thoughts and wishes go to all of Mitchell's family and friends at this very sad time. SAPFanSTFC
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4:32pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

candlestrobe wrote:
... and if it offends, report it as offensive.
Spot on! It is sad that we've got such a bellend associated with our club, but apologising on his behalf is totally pointless, he should be reported plain and simple. Sad news, and anyone who takes a healthy rivalry past that point and attacks a vulnerable family is total scum quite frankly. Marston, report it and hopefully his account will be deleted or something.
[quote][p][bold]candlestrobe[/bold] wrote: ... and if it offends, report it as offensive.[/p][/quote]Spot on! It is sad that we've got such a bellend associated with our club, but apologising on his behalf is totally pointless, he should be reported plain and simple. Sad news, and anyone who takes a healthy rivalry past that point and attacks a vulnerable family is total scum quite frankly. Marston, report it and hopefully his account will be deleted or something. Swindon1984
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