Tommy has X Factor and I'm delighted he's decided to stay
WHILE we were without a game at the weekend, you can rest assured there's been no let up on the training pitch at the Cat & Fiddle and we can't wait to return to action.
That said, it was nice to have a rare weekend off though, as luck would have it, my wife Jordaine has just started her own cake-making business and I didn't get to spend as much time with her as I might have done otherwise.
Being at home a bit earlier than usual on Saturday evening, I did get to catch Christopher Maloney murdering some Michael Bublé number on The X Factor. It was at that point that, just for a moment, I almost wished I was stuck on a coach back from some far-flung Northern outpost with only the wit and repartee of Messrs Baldwin and Doherty to sustain me.
Tommy might not be much of a comedian – he's more Cannon than Cooper – but the fact remains he's one hell of a footballer and I'm delighted he's signed a contract extension that will keep him with us until the end of the season, if not beyond.
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While Tommo has done well for us whenever he's been given the opportunity, I think there's plenty more to come. It's easy to forget he only made one appearance – for Bath City in the Conference – in the first half of this year and he's only going to get better as he gets more games under his belt.
It's unfortunate that he was crocked early on in the Rotherham match, just as he was beginning to get a run in the team and show what he was capable of, but fingers crossed he'll be fully recovered from the hamstring injury he endured and back in contention for a starting place before too long.
On the subject of injuries, it's good that Arron Davies has got over the calf tear he picked up in the Cheltenham game and returned to action in the reserves' 1-1 draw with Bristol City on Tuesday.
Arron did well for us in the first few months of the season and, what's more, we don't want to have too many people sidelined with a whole load of vitally important games coming up over the next few weeks.
I'm delighted to say I'm now a fully paid-up member of Exeter City Football Club Supporters' Trust.
Some might ask why it's taken me this long to take the plunge – the truth is, until very recently, while I was aware of the Trust, I didn't fully understand its role at the club or what it meant to be a member.
I realise that may sound like a bit of a cop out but, as a player, you're encouraged to focus your attention on the playing side and to let others worry about about all the off-pitch stuff. Certainly, that's what I've done throughout my career... until now that is!
When Taggy (Julian Tagg, chief Executive of Exeter City) approached the players about joining the Trust and explained how it had helped save the club from extinction in 2003 and, as its biggest single shareholder, continues to play a critical role today, it was a no-brainer for me.
I was very proud when I was given the captain's armband in the summer and I'll be even prouder to not only skipper the club but to be one of an exclusive group of 3,000-plus people who part own it.
As I now appreciate, the more people who join the Trust the greater its capacity to drive the club on to new heights and I'd encourage anyone with a little bit of Exeter City in their heart who hasn't yet joined up to do so today.
We return to action with a trip to Rochdale on Saturday and, with the games coming thick and fast over the course of the next few weeks, we'll be looking to hit the ground running.
Like us, Dale are pushing for the play-offs but have been hamstrung by their form at home – where they've won just three of their 10 games so far – and we'll be doing everything in our power to ensure that continues to be the case.
Aside from anything else, with Plymouth visiting St James's Park the following Saturday, it would be great to go into that match on the back of another away win and with our confidence on a high.
Talking of the Argyle game, I've been asked by the club to take this opportunity to remind you that the game is all-ticket and that you won't be able to pay on the day. Tickets can apparently be obtained either from club reception or via the Ticket Zone website and more details are available at www.exetercityfc.co.uk.
Let's hope that by the time Carl Fletcher and his troops roll up at the Park we've got another three points in the bag and are sitting pretty in a play-off place!