SCOTT Flinders is more than happy to be Hartlepool United’s Mr Sensible – and admits he takes his inspiration from fellow Yorkshireman David Seaman, writes CRAIG HOPE.
The Pools custodian is anything but the stereotypical eccentric goalkeeper of yesteryear, preferring the quiet life both on and off the pitch.
Role model Seaman, the former Arsenal and England netminder, had a similarly focussed approach during his 22-year playing career and Flinders says that level-headed mindset has served him well so far.
“I’ve got no problem with being Mr Sensible and all the goalkeepers I look up to are the same as me,” said the 25-year-old, whose maturity belies his tender years.
“The one I idolised when I was growing up was David Seaman.
“It’s that type of keeper I admire – those who have got a calmness about them and I try to take that into my own game.
“Goalies who are erratic and in your face don’t appeal to me.
“I’m more of a cool and calm customer and I’d rather be like that.
“With Seaman being from Rotherham I had that connection as well, with me being from just up the road in Barnsley.
“Then you look at different things, like Euro 96. That stood out for me and I’ve watched his career since then.
“And when he retired, Edwin van der Sar took on that role model position for me.
“It’s good to have role models and look up to people like that because they’re the best and who better to take inspiration from?”
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