Striker’s future up in the air

Worksop Town FC v Burscough.  Picture: Mikel Suarez  (w110306-2h)
Worksop Town FC v Burscough. Picture: Mikel Suarez (w110306-2h)

STRIKER Mikel Suarez is uncertain where he will be playing his football next season.

The Bilbao-born target man joined Worksop at the start of the year after becoming frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities at Boston United.

Worksop Town V Ossett Town. Mikel Suarez. (w110131-2d)

Worksop Town V Ossett Town. Mikel Suarez. (w110131-2d)

He immediately set his sights on firing Tigers into the play-offs, but things didn’t go as smoothly as hoped for the 6’5” striker.

A year disrupted by injury limited him to just 16 appearances as the club’s promotion dreams petered out.

Suarez now finds himself in the same position he was in five months ago - desperate to play football.

“It was the worst season I have had in the UK,” said the player, who netted just three times for Martin McIntosh’s men.

“I had injury after injury and never had the chance to build up a decent level of fitness. I was never 100 per cent fit, which was very frustrating.”

“Soon after I joined my hamstring started to play up, but I continued to play because we didn’t have anyone to step in.”

“I played injured which didn’t help to make things any better.”

Suarez stated the importance of a full pre-season, after he suffered a broken collarbone during last year’s preparations with the Pilgrims.

He added: “A good pre-season goes a long way, even if you get injured during the season you still have the benefits of pre-season to fall back on.”

“I just want to start up again and have a good pre-season to get the fitness and the games I need.”

Last year he was only able to find the net on three occasions for Worksop, and Suarez said he wouldn’t rule out a return to the club, who have made him feel at home.

“I have got no idea where I’ll be at the moment, I have spoken briefly with the manager (McInstosh) and with other teams, who have shown an interest, but nothing has been made concrete.”

“I did enjoy it at Worksop very much, I know Martin is trying to keep the core of the lads, which would be good for next season.”

“I would like to play as much as I can.”

Suarez came to the club after playing a key role in Boston’s promotion to Blue Square North, netting 12 goals in 57 appearances for the club.

And he was disappointed he was not able to help Worksop into the play-offs last season.

He said: “It was a combination of things, to be honest.”

“With the amount of injuries and the amount of games, together with the state of the pitch, it was always going to be very tough for us to reach the play-offs, but we almost did it.”

“The squad was really stretched towards the end and that was reflected in the number of subs we had on the bench.”

“We were unlucky more often than not and that always plays a part.”

“If a couple of things had gone our way, if a few chances had gone in which didn’t then we probably would have made the top five.”

He added: “We could have beaten anyone in the league on our day.”

And the striker stated he maintained a good relationship with the manager.

“I have only known him over the last couple of months but you can tell he is very ambitious and he gets the best out of us.”

“I get on really well with him and I would like to work with him in the future.”

“Next year he’ll be looking at the play-offs again, we were so close this time around,” he said.

Martin McIntosh said the fans didn’t see the best of Suarez due to the player’s persistent injuries.

“He did well for us but unfortunately we didn’t see enough of him.”

“He was plagued with injuries and it was disappointing not to see the best of him.”

“We can only see what people are capable of when they are fit and that wasn’t always the case,” added the manager.