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Bayo: "For me, Wycombe is home."

The Chairboys top EFL goalscorer is happy to be back.

9 July 2021

Adebayo Akinfenwa spoke following the announcement that he'd signed a new one-year contract to keep him at Adams Park.

You’re back for another season! How does it feel to be here?

Like I said to Sky, if you had asked me this morning, I would have said happy but now I’ve been out there and done some runs… All jokes aside, for me, Wycombe is home. I can’t get past the fact that I’m 40 next year - I’m not young - but I’ve always tried to not to focus on the things I can no longer do and focus on the things that I can bring, both on the pitch when I’m needed and 24/7 off the pitch. I’m happy to be back and to contribute in any shape or form.

There have been a few changes on and off the pitch, with improvements to the training ground and stadium. What have you made of them?

I’m happy! I told them that they need to bring a couple of 100kg dumbbells - that’s the only thing I’m waiting for now!

It all just shows that Wycombe is going in the right direction. The Chairman and Gaffer have been implementing lots of stuff. I came here in League Two and you can see the progression. There’s a good feel to the place.

You put in an incredible amount of work off the pitch. How are you feeling physically going into this season?

I don’t feel too bad, if I’m honest! If you’re on socials, you’ll see me riding the bike and on the weights but that doesn’t compare to running out there. It’s a totally different ballgame running out there! On the whole, I feel good. Mentally, if I feel refreshed, I’ll be able to drive my body through and I’m looking forward to this season and adding where I can add.

You got your Championship goal and you’ve scored, let’s say a few, in a Wycombe shirt over the years. Is that an aim this season, to score some more goals?

As a striker, you always want to score goals, but I think my mindset has moved a bit, in the sense that out on the pitch, it’s just about the win. I’ll always want to score goals, but the win is always the most important thing. If and when I’m on the pitch, I’ll be looking to score goals - more than last year - fingers crossed that shouldn’t be too hard.

What do you think the aim will be for the whole team and what’s your aim individually?

Collectively, the aim for the team will be to be up and around it and be competing. I think that’s always been our aim and always should be - competing until the final kick of the game and that’s what we did in the Championship. We were up and about it until the final kick of the game and that’s what we’ve got to try and do.

Personally, the aim is to enjoy every minute. I’m not sugar coating it - this is my last dance. I’m going to enjoy every moment and contribute, if that means pushing through the pain barrier, so be it. Come the end of season, we want to be up there, or thereabouts.

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