Clint, what our captain's about! by Nick Cooke
Clint Hill has recently released his secret to his recent success as an older professional, a little thing called leg work. Clint has spoken to the media announcing his secret to the media. From this we really grasp Hill’s devotion to our club and his football. He is a proper footballer who has rightfully earned his role in the squad as captain. This shows Clint’s devotion to be the first name on the team sheet and tells us how he is still going on strong at 34 in the second tier of English football.
The Championship is a very demanding league so in reality to see a 34 year old with Clint’s fitness is remarkable and I would like to thank him for his consistent efforts throughout his time in West London. Hill has had his fair share of frustrations so to stick it out with us though transition periods and time out on loan really shows what he is about. I couldn’t think of anyone else in that team more deserving of the arm band than him.
I believe Clint should be an inspiration to many, his commitment to reach his personal goals of playing Premiership football. To see a player play his first premiership match at 31 sums him up as a hard worker and should encourage older professionals to never say never. Clint has had his fair share of hardships as a professional, breaking his leg and cutting his Oldham career short, being injury prone at Stoke, being loaned out at QPR, having a rightful Premiership goal disallowed which should of stood and having a knee problem earlier in his career.
The good name:
Hill has rightfully earned his good name in football being loyal to his clubs, earning a regular first team place at Tranmere Rovers, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and QPR. His workmanship has been rewarded, winning Stoke City player of the year 2005, QPR players player of the year 2011-2012 and QPR supporters player of the year 12-13.
Now then my question is, could Hill’s workmanship, loyalty and training skills be incorporated into management? Personally I would love to see Clint given the chance to manage us when he retires under the right guidance of a good football director or assistant.