Leon Britton – The Duracell Bunny?

Tuesday, 30 September 2008, 7:28
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The Swans midfielder is again attracting high praise for his recent performances where he just seems to always be full of energy and always running.

Quite probably the player of the season to date, Britton is emerging from almost every game with the most credit having always been where the ball is and causing the opposition no end of trouble.

But instead of the Championship in 2008, had life taken a different path he could just have easily have been in Beijing in the summer although he preferred to take the chance on the football pitch rather than the running track

Britton told the Evening Post I’ve always had a lot of energy

“I’ve always been known for my running, even when I was playing Sunday league football.

“Running was something that came naturally to me and I used to do cross-country when I was a kid.”

Britton’s striding skills saw Belgrave Harriers, the famous athletics club based near his childhood London home, invite him to try out for their team.

“I was about 11 or 12 and I ran a race for them,” he adds.

“I think it was the 1500m and I did pretty well, finishing second or third.

“The fella from the club rang me up afterwards and said that maybe I had a talent for running.

“He said they wanted me to run for them again, but I told him I wanted to play football.

“He was moaning at me but I thought running around a track was not as much fun as kicking a ball round a pitch.

“I don’t eat anything special before games

“It’s just scrambled eggs and beans for me, which is pretty simple and pretty boring.

“But you have to eat well during the week and you have to make sure you live your life right.

“I drink tons of Powerade and I’m always straight off the training ground when training finishes preserving energy for the weekend.

“If you’re playing two games a week, like we are at the moment, the big thing is recovery.

“I train, obviously, but in between training sessions I do nothing else.

“I have ice baths, massages, eat loads of food and drink loads.

“Energy is a big part of my game so it’s vital that I save as much as I can for the next game.

“Things are going okay for me and I’m happy,” he says.

“I feel like I’ve coped with the step-up so far, which is pleasing because I was moving into the unknown coming into the Championship.

“I always had confidence, but of course you wonder whether you’ll be able to cut it.

“There a lot of good players in this league, people who have played in the top flight or who play international football for some strong nations.

“But I feel I’ve coped so far and I think my confidence will grow and grow as the season goes on.

“Hopefully I will do better and better, but for now I’m just trying to do my bit and help the team because we haven’t won a league game for a while.”

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