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Easton hails love for Accies as playing career shows no signs of slowing

By Declan Hughes

Club Captain Brian Easton has revealed that paitence will be a virtue ahead of this today’s match against Kilmarnock

The 34-year-old believes his experience has taught him to wait for his opportunity as Daniel O’Reilly and Mihai Popescu continue to impress at the heart of the Accies defence.

He said: “It’s frustrating when you want to be playing but it’s also totally understandable as well. It would be different if I wasn’t happy with how I was playing, but obviously I picked up COVID-19 and the players who came into the side done well and we haven’t had any real reason to change it.

“I’ve been playing long enough to realise that things can change in football, so as long as I focus on keeping myself ready, I’ll be okay.”

As he faced the press the club captain was asked about the possiblity of retirement. However, he revealed that he has been feeling fantastic as he aims to continue playing.

He said: “I want to play a couple of more years at least. I came back last season after 9 months out off the back of ankle surgery, but then I had a good pre-season in the last summer to build up some strength.

“At the start of this season I felt great. I was fit and strong and I do think I was playing well too, so that has gave me confidence in thinking I still have time left.

“I still have a great love for the game, so I want to continue for as long as possible. I love the club and I have great relationships here, so it’s something I want to be around.”

The leadership role the defender takes up with the captaincy, has also coincided with his coaching position which he has undertook, helping oversee the Under 18’s squad.

He said: “The playing side is obviously my bread and butter, but the coaching side is something I’ve enjoyed progressing into. 

“The young players here are a pleasure to work with and it makes it easier as I still have a lot to learn in that aspect – however, there are many great people here to learn from and it’s a process which I’m really enjoying.”

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