Denwood glad to be back on the pitch

Denwood glad to be back on the pitch

Midfielder Peter Denwood is relishing his return to football with AFC Burnley.

Denwood was signed by Blackburn Rovers at a young age and spent 12 years in the club’s academy setup.

After leaving Blackburn, he spent seven years away from the game before returning to the pitch with AFC.

“It’s been a massive struggle trying to get back fit after a seven year lay-off,” said the midfielder.

“A few of the lads at AFC asked me to come down and try a few training sessions, but I was well against the idea because of my lack of confidence and how unfit I was.

“Sean (Horrocks) persuaded me to come down and all the lads were welcoming, but it was a struggle after so long off the pitch.

“I feel like I’m getting there now and I can have an impact in this superb side Sean and rest of the management team have built.”

Denwood played against many current professional players during his time at Blackburn, and has fond memories of the experience.

“My time at Rovers was brilliant and I learned so much playing against the likes of Kieran Trippier, Oliver Norwood, Matty James, Junior Hoilett and Tom Ince,” he said.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t take football seriously enough because I truly believe I had the talent, but unfortunately that isn’t always enough.

“My attitude towards football was all wrong which ended up taking me down the wrong road.”

The midfielder made his AFC debut in a convincing win over Old Blackburnians last month, and is enjoying working under Horrocks.

He added: “I like the way Sean and the management team do things at AFC. They have nothing but support and respect for all players.

“For me it’s been the individual man management – always on the phone making sure you’re OK, telling us to keep going.

“Some lads won’t like that but personally I love it and it’s been a massive help. I just can’t wait to be back fit now and pay back the team for all their support.”