Sol Campbell has vowed today to continue to defy age after completing his second Reserve team outing within a week, on Tuesday night for Newcastle United.
Sol Campbell – age doesn’t matter
The 73 times capped England International will probably be part of the Newcastle first team squad for the vital home game with Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, and may even make his debut in the second half of that game, although that is by no means a certainty.
Campbell, who turns 36 a week on Saturday, has no plans to retire anytime soon, and has talked about his move to Newcastle not being his last hurrah, by any means.
The defender insists that age doesn’t matter, and as long he still has the passion for the game, and that certainly seems true with Sol on Tyneside, he still intends to play for a few seasons yet.
Campbell was signed by Newcastle on a free transfer in the summer, following his marriage and honeymoon to Fiona Barratt, and seemed to want to join the team supported by his new wife Fiona – so it appears that Sol is very intelligent too. 😀
But the former Tottenham, Arsenal and England great will face severe competition to get a starting place at Newcastle, and he thinks age doesn’t really matter, as he told the Daily Mirror this morning:
“It doesn’t matter where you are at with your age, if you are fit and you are strong, and you are physically there and want it, then you have got the experience so I think there should be no problem really.”
“I’m getting those minutes on the pitch and I’m getting stronger and stronger. I’m going to keep on pushing. I’m in with a shout I just have to keep training hard now.” “Once you have the minutes under your belt you just have to wait for the call from the gaffer.”
“Last season I worked really hard and I think I showed to all the people that if you work hard then you are there. If you get an opportunity, you get an opportunity, but it really comes down to the people behind the scenes and the manager. You can’t do anything about it. I could have scored 10 goals in the first half of the season. It doesn’t matter.”
“With Newcastle there are 50,000 people watching and they want it to be a success, and that is what I am all about. I remember going to Portsmouth and people asking what going there was all about, and I came away with an FA Cup and a European campaign. That is what I am all about.”
You certainly cannot fault Sol Campbell because of his attitude, which is top drawer, and we’ll know fairly well if he can still be a major force in the Premier League.
But we certainly wouldn’t bet against him.