Boss won’t write off “frustrated” Healy

HE might not be thinking of moving into football management just yet.

But Colin Healy has been told to use Paul Jewell as an example after failing to break into the Town first team this season.

The 31-year-old midfielder has just a Carling Cup appearance to his name, he was an unused sub on the opening day of the league campaign, and Jewell yesterday admitted that Healy, who captained Town against Arsenal in a training match on Tuesday, had grown “frustrated” by his lack of opportunities.

But the manager said: “When I was at Bradford City, I was on a week-to-week contract. I was apparently in a dispute with the club and had to train on my own, I wasn’t given any kit and couldn’t even get a game in the reserves – 18 months later I was manager.

“You’ve just got to get your head down sometimes because you never know what’s around the corner.

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“I spoke with Colin last week, he’s a good professional and he’s frustrated he’s not playing like all players in that situation. If something came up that suits us and suits Colin we’d maybe listen to it, but you can never write anybody off.”

Jewell also praised Tommy Smith after the defender impressed in the midweek training match against Arsenal and the centre-back might even find himself on the bench against Doncaster due to injuries elsewhere.

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The Town boss said: “I take on board how the reserves play and the attitude of everyone involved was first class. There’s always plenty of options.

“It’s a squad game, as I have said on lots of occasions. Someone’s misfortune with injury might be someone else’s good fortune. As long as they are trying their best in training every day they will always be considered.”

Meanwhile, Cody Cropper’s dreams of playing at the London Olympics have moved a step closer after the young American keeper was named in the 31-man squad for next week’s 10-day training camp in Germany.

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