Pools star: Forget testimonial, there’s plenty of fight in me yet

Antony Sweeney
Antony Sweeney

ANTONY Sweeney can’t wait for the season to come around – but he is happy to wait for his testimonial year.

Sweeney is due a testimonial, having clocked up 10 years service at Hartlepool United.

But the 27-year-old, who is currently hard at work training in the boxing gym during his summer “holiday”, says he will be patient and is currently enjoying the testimonial programme of Pools legend Ritchie Humphreys.

“A testimonial has been mentioned but only because of the fact I’ve already been here for 10 years,” said Sweeney, who made his debut in October 2001 when he came on as a sub in the 3-0 win over York.

“But, to be honest, that’s at the back of my mind.

“I’m only 27 and, body-wise, I feel I have still got a few years ahead of me in the game.

“I see a testimonial as a bit of a swansong really and I’m not ready for anything like that.

“It will be a really nice thing to have when the time comes, but I’m not in any great hurry.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing in some of Ritchie’s testimonial events, like the golf and the cricket.

“I’m happy doing that rather than being the centre of attention.

“Humphs has put a lot of hard work into it and I think he’s earned his rewards.

“From my point of view, if a testimonial comes around, I’m more than happy to take it and hopefully the fans will enjoy it.

“But for now I’m in no rush.”

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