Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett has explained some of his own thinking behind his loan move to League One side Peterborough United last Saturday. The 30 year old was a surprise inclusion in the Posh side that travelled to Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium over the weekend, leaving Huish Park on a one month loan agreement, and thus moving up a level in the pyramid. He played a full 90 minutes in that team - the first time he'd done so since the January 2015 FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United fifteen months ago.
Gillett explained to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that the reason why he had asked to go out on loan, was because he had been restricted to just six substitute appearances during 2016, with five of those coming during the final few minutes of games. As such his single Peterborough appearance against Wigan gave him more football than he'd managed since that ill-fated FA Cup fixture, and he said that was the objective behind his move:
"I've had a knee injury, and I've been out for a little while. I wanted to play games and I wasn't getting them down in Yeovil. The manager down there has thankfully let me go out to get some games, which I'm very grateful for. It happened pretty quickly. I trained on Friday (at Peterborough) and then I just then played, which normally happens with these sort of things. But I'm really happy to play here, and happy to be playing and I'm really looking forward to it."
Gillett's problems were caused by cartilage problems on his femur bone that were gradually causing him problems in his knee, rather than one specific incident that put him out of football. However, he had to work through a very lengthy rehabilitation process to regain his fitness, eventually getting through his first training session on the penultimate day of 2015. Since then he has struggled to work his way back into an improving Yeovil Town side, and he said those sort of frustrations made him realise how much he valued his time on the football pitch:
"I think you get that throughout your career. There's always something to knock you down when you think you're on top of the world. Around the corner you don't know what's there for you. But it's about reacting and that's what I've always done throughout my career. If I've had a set-back, I've looked at it and tried to learn from it and grow from it. When you spend time on the side, the longer it goes on, you really do appreciate the chance that you've got. It's not often that you have the sort of setback that I've had, and it gives you a really good stock of things and you can definitely learn from it."
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