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Winfield's fighting fit

12 April 2013

Skipper Dave Winfield says feeling the fittest he has for years is the reason behind his superb form.

The 25-year-old was nominated for February’s npower League 2 Player of the Month and has led by example since forcing his way back into the side in October.

Winfield, who will come up against former side Aldershot Town on Saturday, was handed the armband by Gareth Ainsworth in November after Gary Doherty was ruled out for four months with a back injury.

And the centre-back has since retained the captaincy despite Doherty’s return to the team.

 “I was always skipper back at school and it is a privilege to be able to do it in professional football,” Winfield told ‘1887'.

“Not many people get the opportunity and I’ve been given it and I’m very grateful.

“It’s a huge, huge confidence boost and it really shows me how much Gaz believes in me. I saw an interview that Doc did regarding the issue and the way he went about it shows what a top guy he is.

 “I got a lot of criticism last year for having the captaincy and not quite performing the way I should have done.

“For me the armband had nothing to do with my form. Personally I didn’t get off to a good start through injury and I never really felt that I was fit throughout the year and that had an effect on my performances.

“This year I’ve felt the fittest that I have for a number of seasons and having the armband has come part and parcel of playing week-in week-out over the latter part of the season.”

A full interview with Winfield is in this week’s edition of ‘1887’. Pick yours up from the usual outlets for just £3 and every penny from every sale goes to the club.

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