McGoldrick doesn’t dwell on his potential move from Ipswich Town to Leicester City
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You could have forgiven David McGoldrick for feeling pretty sorry for himself in recent months.
The 28-year-old striker was red-hot property in 2014, so much so that he had newly-promoted Leicester making multi-million pound bids for his services.
Ipswich Town dug their heels in though and McGoldrick has gone on to endure two hugely frustrating injury-hit seasons while the Foxes are now heading towards a fairytale Premier League title.
“Yeah they did want me two years ago, but they also wanted me when I was 16 too and I’m not still thinking about that you know!” said the Nottingham-born front man, diffusing the question with humour.
“Life goes on. What am I meant to do? Big Wes Morgan is my mate, I grew up with the boy, and I still speak to him all the time. I’m happy for him and what’s happening for Leicester, and I’ll be delighted for him when he lifts that trophy, but my thoughts are all on Ipswich.”
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McGoldrick had scored 16 goals before a knee injury cut-short his superb 2013/14 season. Since then it’s been set-back after set-back – first the other knee, then his thigh, then his groin, then his hamstring.
“I don’t think anything links them, they’ve just been bad luck,” he said. “One was when I was having a shot with my left foot at Rotherham and I tried to play on for about half an hour when I should have come off, the knee injury was just a freak one when I jumped and landed awkwardly and the hamstring was another freak accident. I’ve gone to back-heel the ball in training and it just went. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. I’ve never had a hamstring injury in my life, I’m not quick enough for that! I don’t know how that happened.
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“I just sat down in the dug-out for 20 minutes. I had to go back to Nottingham for a bit and get time away because I didn’t want to be around the boys all sad and sulky.”
He continued: “The hardest part of rehab is the mental side of things. Every day you’re coming in and having to go off to the gym or the pool when the rest of the boys are getting ready to go out on the pitches. You’re listening to everyone else talking about who’s got the yellow jersey and the next game and whatever else and you’re nothing to do with the conversation.
“But listen, I’m still breathing, I’ve still got a roof over my head, my kids are healthy, so I can’t complaint.
“You watch the TV and see all the stuff that’s going on in the world then you look at your life and it puts things into perspective. I’m more than fortunate. I’m not one of these negative people. I know a lot of people would love to be in my position.”