‘I want to be here for the rest of my life’ – Karl Duguid

KARL Duguid has had to bide his time, since returning to his ‘real home’ of Colchester United in July.

KARL Duguid has had to bide his time, since returning to his ‘real home’ of Colchester United in July.

The 33-year-old was finally handed his first start of the season on Saturday, and he took his chance with both hands.

But rather than be seen as a one-off performance, Duguid is looking to cement his place in the team long-term, and also secure his future at the Essex club beyond this campaign.

That was clearly evident from the goal-celebration for his second goal, when he ran over to the dug-out and the main stand, motioning with his hands to simulate the signing of a contract.

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“It was all about nervous excitement today. I just love playing for this football club, and today was very special,” enthused Duguid.

“I’ve got a year’s contract, and I was just showing that I want to be here, not just for the rest of my career, but for the rest of my life!

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“I went away for three years (to Plymouth) and I enjoyed my time there, but I missed this place.

“When I got the chance to play for the football club again, it was special, and I thank the manager and the chairman for that.

“I’d like to be here for the rest of my life, and that’s pretty much what my celebration was about.”

Duguid’s second minute opener against Bury was his first goal in a U’s shirt for almost five years.

In fact, it was precisely four years and 303 days since his previous U’s goal, in a 3-0 win at Barnsley in the Championship on February 10, 2007.

And as a double celebration, Duguid’s second goal against the Shakers was his 50th career goal – 47 for the U’s and three for Plymouth.

He was also delighted to scoop a rare man-of-the-match award.

Duguid explained: “It’s my 15th year with this football club, and only about the second time I’ve ever won man-of-the-match – and I’ve played about 400 games, so it’s been a long time coming!”

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