Sam Foley says he wants to ‘play as much as I can’ after his first Motherwell start in the Scottish Premiership against Kilmarnock.
After winning St Mirren’s Player of the Year last season, Foley found himself out of favour in Paisley this term. He joined Motherwell in January but had been restricted to just 24 minutes of football prior to a start in the 2-0 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday.
He came through the 90 minutes and Foley said: “I can only concentrate on playing. Before the game started I thought to myself ‘god I hope I remember how to play this game’! It soon came back to me and the lads were brilliant against Kilmarnock. You have to make the most of the situation that you are in.
“All I can do is play and give it my all and help Motherwell to win a game. I am grateful to be out there and I have to thank the manager for playing me and having that faith in me. We have a strong squad and it is competitive for places, and I wanted to do the best I could. I got a back injury and it was a setback so soon after I joined in January.
“I came in to help the lads, and not being able to do that was difficult. I got fit again, but the boys were doing well so I had to bide my time and wait. I haven’t really been in a position to knock on the manager’s door and ask why I am not playing. All I could do is work hard in training and hope I get a chance.
“I am so glad the manager has given me that. I know a lot of people will think we have our flip-flops on and we are looking forward to relaxing, but I haven’t played a lot of football. I just want to play as much as I can, although I know there aren’t a lot of games left. I want to make sure I enjoy every minute on the pitch.”
34-year-old Foley only signed a short-term deal in January and is out-of-contract at the end of the season, retirement not on his mind quite yet as he targets more games: “The future could hold anything and we will get to the end of the season, then I will speak to the manager.
“If I am in his plans then great, if there is something to be done then brilliant, and it is definitely something to think about. It has been a hard year for everyone and I include myself in that. We are human, after all. I don’t think we can get ahead of ourselves, we have to get to the summer and see where we go from there.
“My attitude when I am playing is that you never know what is around the corner – you can only focus on the game in front of you. I have never made a decision based on money in my life. I was pottering around for peanuts when I was younger and playing part-time and amateur football.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to go on and have a half decent career from effort and work-rate and that’s my philosophy and how football is for me. My missus is on at me about what I am going to do when I finish playing but I want to play on as long as possible. It’s a great profession and that’s how I look at it.”
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