Defender looks back on summer charity work and talks pre-season friendlies with wiganlatics.co.uk.
Q: Boycey, I believe it’s been a busy summer for you. What have you been up to?
EB: I’ve been working with a charity called Street Soccer USA.
The charity aims to help homeless people and other people who are struggling in cities in the USA, through the medium of sport and teamwork, to help them get their lives back on track.
I go out every year and play a game with them; I also took part in a showdown with NBA player Steve Nash.
It’s a great opportunity to meet different people and hear how the organisation has helped them to turn their lives around.
It’s a fantastic feeling; I’m proud to be an ambassador and I am always well received when I go out there.
I’ve also been given the Freedom of Aylesbury and I met with the Barbados Minister of Sport and members of the Senate - it’s has been good and I have some more good projects coming up.
Q: Have you had much chance to follow the World Cup around your busy schedule? If so, who do you fancy to win the competition?
EB: I’ve seen bits of the World Cup - England going out was disappointing but there have been some great goals and it’s a great tournament to watch. I think Holland will go far, they look really good.
Q: How has pre-season been so far? How have the new faces settled in around the trip to Germany?
EB: We’ve been back a few days and there are new faces around the training ground.
Everyone is very happy to be back and I can’t wait until the season starts.
It’s the hardest part of the season for a footballer because you want the season start and to play games but obviously you have to prepare right and there is a good vibe around.
We’re in Germany for a week and it’s been a hard training camp with a game at the end, but it’s great for team bonding; we get to know each other a bit better and it’s the first time being under our new manager at the start of the season; he can ideas across straight away and hopefully we can hit the ground running.
Q: You’ve got some tough pre-season games coming up against Walsall, Besiktas and Rochdale. How can those matches prepare you for the new campaign?
EB: We learnt a lot last year about the teams that we’ll play against in the league.
We’ve got hard pre-season games against Walsall, Besiktas and Rochdale which will hopefully stand us in good stead for the beginning of the season.
It’s not always good to have easy pre-season games because it can give you a false sense of security.
Ultimately, as a player, you just want to play games and hopefully start off well against Reading.