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SWINDON TOWN: Bostock out to impress
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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