Cherries: Igoe desperate to get back in 'football' league

16 April 2010 07:00
SAMMY Igoe openly admits he has found the rigours of the basement division hard at times but is confident he could rediscover his best in the league above.[LNB] The creative midfielder, who helped Bristol Rovers win promotion to League One in 2007, is targeting a repeat with Eddie Howe's charges this season.[LNB] Igoe, 34, has played something of a watching brief since returning from injury recently with his start at Lincoln six days ago his first for almost three months.[LNB] But with Cherries within touching distance of clinching automatic promotion, Igoe is keen to help Howe's men complete the job and again showcase his talents at the next level.[LNB] Igoe, who is out of contract in the summer, told the Daily Echo: I would be lying if I said I hadn't thought about next season but I just want to see us get promoted first and then wait and see what happens.[LNB] We're so close now. The team has been playing well so I've had to be patient and wait for my chance. Everyone is doing their bit and, with only four games left, I don't really care what the side is as long as we get the results we need to go up.[LNB] I think everyone knows I find this league hard at times because it's a lot more physical. The higher you go in the divisions, the more football is played. It becomes more of a technical game and that would suit me down to the ground.[LNB] Igoe, who also achieved promotion with Reading in 2002, was on the verge of dropping into the non-league ranks with Havant & Waterlooville before former Cherries boss Kevin Bond signed him on the eve of the start of last season.[LNB] He made 28 league appearances as Cherries pulled off their escape from relegation and is in contention to start tomorrow when Howe's men look to take another step towards securing a top-three berth by beating relegated Darlington.[LNB] It's a banana skin for us, warned Igoe. They will come with no fear. Their season is as good as over and they may look to play some youngsters who will be hoping to impress a new manager. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and try to get a positive result.[LNB] They won't come here and lie down. As a professional footballer, you never want to lose and they will come here and give it their all. It's not a nice feeling being relegated and not something you want to happen as a player.[LNB] Although I only played five games at the start of the season, I was at Millwall when they were relegated. I have also been involved in a couple of escapes, here at the end of last season and at Portsmouth on the final day.[LNB] It's nice to be at the opposite end of the table when you could have something to celebrate and, hopefully, we will this season.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo