Cherries: Molesley insists his best years are ahead of him

27 May 2011 07:00
MARK Molesley vowed that his best years were still ahead of him after targeting a return to the Cherries midfield.[LNB] The injury-plagued Cherries star is determined to win back his place as he bids to make up for lost time.[LNB] Sidelined for 17 months by a persistent foot injury, Molesley has made just 14 appearances in the past two campaigns.[LNB] Cherries' League One form, an ankle problem and a lack of match fitness restricted Molesley's involvement at the back end of last season, but he is desperate to press his claims next term.[LNB] Danny Hollands's switch to Charlton Athletic has created an opening in central midfield and Molesley would love to be the man to fill the engine room void.[LNB] Asked about his targets for the 2011-12 season, he told the Echo: Trying to force my way into the team is the first thing I have got to look at.[LNB] We have just had some fitness tests and I am in quite good nick for my age. I am 30 but I don't feel it.[LNB] I came into the professional game late and have missed a couple of seasons now. I am hoping I can add those seasons on at the back end of my career.[LNB] I definitely think my best years are ahead of me and I am determined to make sure that is the case.[LNB] Molesley, who turned 30 in March, joined Cherries after spending his career in the non-league ranks, having initially been drafted in on loan from Grays by Jimmy Quinn.[LNB] The all-action midfielder quickly established himself as a fans' favourite and, having shrugged off his injury worries, was handed a new contract in February, tying him to the club until summer 2013.[LNB] Focused Molesley is now hoping his problems are at an end.[LNB] He added: I am glad the season is over and I am looking forward to next season, a fresh start and starting on a level playing field with everyone else.[LNB] The summer will be a balancing act for me.[LNB] I will be speaking to Louis Langdown (Cherries' conditioning coach) and will be working alongside him, trying to get myself fit and strong.[LNB] But I will also be giving a rest to a few of the injuries I've had, like my foot and my ankle. It is a case of getting good rest but also doing enough to make sure I'm fit and ready.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo