12SPRING 2010As the Premier League's big hitters steal the front and back page headlines, it's not all glitz and glamour, WAGs and catwalks for the majority of pro footballers.After 16 years earning a living between the sticks, Bradford City's Matt Glennon faces the most daunting time of his professional career. With almost 400 games under his belt, he's played in front of 60,000 at Celtic Park, saved three penalties in one game and even scored with a volley from the edge of the box. But come this July, like some 600 professional players across the UK, Matt will be out of contract and looking for a new club.Family Support"Of course it's a worrying time. I've got a family to look after. But you simply have to knuckle down and back your own ability. The last thing you can do is let it get to you." said the 31-year old GK who joined the Bantams half way through this season."I've been in this situation once before where I turned down a new contract at Carlisle and ended up at Falkirk. Three games later, we were away at Celtic and I was playing in front of 60,000. The atmosphere was incredible. So I'm aware your fortunes can change very quickly."On The Bench"I've been in the game for a long time now and managed to pick up lots of friends and contacts along the way."I'm really keen to avoid sitting on the bench. Others can do it, but I'm afraid I'm no good at it. It's absolutely something I just can't do. On a couple of occasions, I've moved on from clubs because I'd rather be playing."I'm only 31 and I'm hopeful I've got my best years infront of me. I look after myself, most pros eat and train very differently to when I first got into the game."Brothers In Arms"Keeper sessions used to be very long and very physical. These days the emphasis is on sharpness and agility and making sure you recover quickly in time for the next game.But then, as now, the keepers stick together like a Band of Brothers."People say keepers are daft, but really, when outfield players do all that running around, who are the daft ones? A couple of years ago, before I resigned form Huddersfield, I was being linked with the likes of Coventry and Birmingham City," said Matt, whose fondest memories are saved for the dedicated band of followers at Brunton Park."I've enjoyed a good rapport with fans wherever I've been but the fans at Carlisle were terrific with me," said Carlisle's former Supporters' Player of the Year."I had three enjoyable seasons there, and while there were lows, there were some great highs," adds the Stockport-born stopper, who was part of the side who were relegated from the league in 2004 but bounced straight back up via the Conference play-offs."It was fantastic to get straight back up and reward the supporters, who remained very loyal," he said. "Cumbria is a real outpost - I laugh when some players complain about a three-hour coach journey to an away game. For Carlisle, that's a local derby! - but they still took loads of fans away. I remember going to Leigh RMI, whose average attendance was around 600, and there were more than 2,000 Carlisle supporters there."Matt's confidence in his own ability means he's convinced the days playing in front of packed houses in major stadia are not behind him."People know what I can do for them. I'm fitter, stronger and more agile than at any time and I'm hopeful I'll find another club before pre-season starts."To see Matt's goal for St Johnstone vrs Ross County, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhApt-ZMPOMMatt Glennon / backpage imagesKeeper seeks club for long-term love affair...Matt GlennonPosition: GoalkeeperDate of birth: 08/10/78 (31)Height: 1.87mNationality: EnglishPersonal profile:Drives: 3 Series BMWIn CD Player: James BluntFave Holiday: CyprusMust remember to pack: Wife and kidsLoves: ShoesStar Sign: LibraFavourite present player: Wayne RooneyFavourite former keeper: Peter SchmeichelFan as a schoolboy: Stockport County (ballboy)1997-2001 Bolton Wanderers 0 appearances2000 Bristol Rovers (loan) 1 appearance2000-2001 Carlisle United (loan) 29 appearances2001-2002 Hull City 35 appearances2002-2005 Carlisle United 114 appearances2005 Falkirk 21 appearances2005-2006 St. Johnstone 12 appearances2006-2010 Huddersfield Town 109 appearances2010 Bradford City 10 appearances
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