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Jamal Blackman: "I'm just happy to have been part of it this season."

8 May 2017

Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman was delighted to finish his loan spell with the club with a clean sheet and three points against Cambridge United.

Although he was disappointed not to have had the fairytale ending of a shot in the play-offs, Blackman is left with many fond memories of his time with Wycombe.

The keeper heads back to parent club Chelsea having made in 17 clean sheets in all competitions in his first full season in professional football and has kept the Chairboys play-off hunt alive with many world class stops this year.

Looking back over 2016/17, Jamal feels there is a lot to build on from this season heading into the next for Wycombe, with two defeats in their last 13 games, and also for himself in whatever his next destination may be.

"It's unfortunate not sneak into the play-offs at the end of the day, but I think we've had a great season," he said.

"We've finished on a great run of games, and the team spirit is really really good. Obviously it is great for us to go on a such a good run and it is a great starting step for next season.

"Every game you want to get a clean sheet but to get it on what could potentially be my last game is brilliant and I'd like to think I've done well here.

"It's hard as a goalkeeper being able to get into the team and keep the position so I've had to work really hard with the help of the staff here and at Chelsea.

"I'm happy I've been able to have not too many knocks and get through the season."

A deserved winner of the Young Player of the Year for 2016/17, many people at the club including manager Gareth Ainsworth have tipped Blackman to reach the very top in his career.

Although the 23-year-old does not know what his future holds, he took the time to thank the players, staff and fans for all their support this season.

"To be honest, I don't really know," Blackman answered when asked about his future.

"I was just focused on today's game where the aim was trying to get into the play-offs and I'll go back to Chelsea now and see what happens there really.

"Things that will stick with me from here will be all the characters in the changing room, being able to train with experienced professionals and being trained by good coaching staff like the goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson and obviously Gareth Ainsworth. I'm just happy to have been part of it this season.

"I would also like to say thank you to the fans. There's been ups and downs but at the end of the day everybody is human and we're all still learning. I am still young and learning my trade and I'm really happy that they have given me the time and opportunity to show what I can do."

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