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Post match with David Templeton

web reporter Martin McConnell spoke with David Templeton after Saturday’s win

David Templeton Interview

Ex Hearts and Rangers winger David Templeton marked his first start for Hamilton in the 4-0 victory against Dundee, with a performance that left Accies fans begging for much, much more. With serious injury plaguing his career for the past couple of years, it very nearly never happened though. In fact, David had even contemplated retirement at one point.

On his recent troubles, he said, “I had a tear in the deep portion of my medial ligament and it took a long time to figure it out, but I eventually got there and got it sorted and I’m enjoying it now.”

“Mentally it’s been horrendous, I’ll be honest. For about thirteen months I didn’t know what the problem was. Last summer I was actually going to retire until I saw Andrew Williams. He put the camera inside my knee and saw what the problem was right away. So, for me as I say it was horrendous and I’m just glad that I’m back playing football again.”

“When I was trying to come back and every time I tried to kick a ball, it basically felt as if I was tearing it all over again. So, for that I tried injections and all sorts of other stuff and nothing seemed to work. To eventually get to the bottom of it was a huge relief for me.”

“I had to sort all that out myself. It wasn’t ideal, but for me I didn’t really care as I just wanted to get back playing and thankfully that sorted it.”

“I actually signed my contract extension the other night after the game. So, my head is settled now and I can just look forward to coming back in and getting a good preseason behind me and then try and get some games.”

Saturday’s win at the SuperSeal was his first league start in over two years since putting on a Rangers strip, and he admitted, “I think it is yes. My last one was against Queen of the South for Rangers, so it’s good to finally be back playing first team football. Thankfully, the gaffer gave me the chance to come in and hopefully enjoy my football again.”

“I thought during the week that when I’d come on, I had done quite well and that the boys had played very well up until that point too. They had chances to win the game and I was thankful that I got the start, and glad that I was able to do quite well then play in today’s win, which is the most important thing.”

When asked if he’d had any indications of a start against United, he said, “I’m not sure, that’s up to the gaffer. I’ve just thought about doing as well as I can today, and try and win the game. Which is the most important thing and try and give ourselves a chance of staying up. So, hopefully I did enough to impress the gaffer today to give me a start on Thursday.”

“The boys had obviously wanted to avoid the playoffs, preferably I would as well and then come back fresh for next season, but it’s good for me to get some more minutes before the end of the season and hopefully we can stay up and kick on for next season.”

Before signing for Accies, David spent a short spell at Tannadice with Thursday nights playoff opponents, explaining, “I was just in to obviously build my fitness up a bit and they were very good with me to be fair. They let me train and I got myself fit for when I did come along here, and now it’s helped me get fit and start playing again.”

“I don’t know that much about them though. I do know some of the boys and don’t know what the manager says coming up to the games. So, all we can do is focus on ourselves and I’m sure if we can do what we done today, then we’ll do well.”

“The manager will obviously know all about Tony Andreu, and if he plays his normal game he’s a really good player. We can hopefully keep him quiet. Simon Murray is good finisher, he is a pest and he likes to hassle defenders, so if we can keep those two quiet then we’ll have a good chance over the two legs.”

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