The Need For Closure
'The Audi looks out of place.' I thought as I walked to the reception, greeted left and right by the backs of various used Vauxhalls and Fords. The light breeze was catchng the back of my neck in the summer sun, or at least that was what I was convincing myself. I was nervous. Today I would kick attempt to gain a contract for the first time in 6 years.
I'd given up scouting two months earlier, the thought of continuing to watch these talented footballers coming through to a career I never had the chance to achieve had sent me spiralling into depression. Arsenal had paid me handsomely, and Arsene was sad to see me go. His final words to me were 'Do what you have to, but because you want to, not to prove anything to anyone' ripping through my head as I approached the reception. I had 2 hours to prove I've still got it.
As I entered the reception I saw that Mr Khan was waiting for me. Tahir Khan was a small indian man with a full head of black hair and a pair of bronzed glasses. His stature was warm as he approached me, almost like he could sense my fear.
"Daniel, welcome to Hyde! I'm sure you weren't expecting these kinds of facilities for a club of our stature?" He beamed.
Being wrapped up in my own nerves, this was the first time I'd taken into account my surroundings fully, and Khan was right. Hyde were a Blue Square Premier consolidate, and their training facilities were alongside those of a Championship promotion contender.
"Wow." I uttered "This place is fantastic!"
"We also pride ourselves on having the best pitch outside the football league, and we will keep it that way" Khan continued, cutting me off before I could ask how this place had been funded. "Shall we get you onto the pitch and see what you can do?"
"Get me out there and let me do the rest." I smiled.