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TERRAS: Keeper Jason Matthews loving life at Weymouth
VETERAN keeper Jason Matthews has revealed that before returning to Dorset last year he thought his career might have been over.
The 38-year-old was given a new lease of life when he joined Dorchester Town from Bath City in May 2012 and is still enjoying his football at former club Weymouth having joined the Terras this summer.
But, as he admits himself, it was not too long ago that his love for the game was being severely tested and nowhere near the level it is right now.
“There was a time a couple of seasons ago at Bath when I wasn’t enjoying it and I did wonder whether it was the end,” he said.
“’But I moved to Dorchester and met a lot of good players who were also nice lads and that changed the way I looked at things.
“It was a bit of a shame that I had to leave Dorchester but I’m happy with the way things are going at Weymouth.
“It’s a big club with fantastic supporters and I’m really enjoying my football.
“Two years ago I wasn’t but the last season-and-a-half has been fantastic and everyone at Weymouth is desperate for success.”
Matthews reckons the Terras need to use the performance of league leaders Hemel Hempstead at the Bob Lucas Stadium last Saturday as an indictaor of how they will have to play if they want success themselves this season.
Despite his side losing that game 3-0, Matthews again showed that goalkeepers only seem to get better with age – and he has no intention of calling time on his playing days just yet.
“I don’t really look at my age,” he added. “I just want to stay as fit as I can for as long as I can.
“If someone wants me to keep playing and I’m enjoying my football then I will keep going.
“I feel I’m playing well at the moment and there is a lot of expectation at Weymouth, but that’s something I thrive on.”
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