SCOTT Flinders has not been beaten for six hours at Victoria Park – and the impassable netminder admits he is at the peak of his powers right now.
Manager Mick Wadsworth has long since considered his No.1 the best in the division and summer signing Colin Nish said last week that he was staggered at the quality of his team-mate.
Flinders isn’t one to talk up his own game, but the 25-year-old told SportMail that he is currently enjoying the best period of his career.
“This is definitely the best I’ve ever felt,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday.
“It’s the best spell of my career so far and I feel very confident right now.
“That comes with a run of games and I haven’t missed a match since February.
“I had a very bad thumb injury and missed a lot of football – too much. I hated it, so to come back and stay injury-free has been huge for me.
“I’m not so sure about my team-mates saying I’m the best in the league, but it’s nice to hear and nice to know they’ve got confidence in me.”
Flinders is now in his third season at Victoria Park and committed his long-term future to the club back in May.
It’s the first time he has enjoyed number-one status since breaking on to the scene as a teenager at hometown club Barnsley back in 2004.
And with the birth of his first son earlier this year, Flinders says he couldn’t be happier with life at the Vic.
“Hartlepool United feels like home now,” said the man who won a £1m move to Crystal Palace after two seasons at Oakwell.
“I was delighted to sign a longer deal at the end of last season and we’re settled as a family here.
“It’s a fantastic club with fantastic people and this season we’ve got a very good side – there’s a real buzz around the place.
“The season-ticket offer was just brilliant and we’ve carried that momentum into the season.
“There’s a real belief about us and we think we’re going to win every game now.
“Tomorrow is a big test, but we’re confident.”
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