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Cherries: Igoe desperate to get back in 'football' league
Published : 16 Apr 2010 07:00:00
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.