Profile: Kevin Ellison

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Kevin Ellison is one of the most experienced players in the Morecambe FC squad having made over 200 competitive appearances for the club.

The winger has got himself eight goals this season and constantly gives his all on the pitch for the club – and believes there is plenty left in his legs yet.

He said: “As a professional footballer, putting a shift in and running around should be a given that you apply to every game whether you’re playing well or you’re not.

“I’m 37 and I’m still playing and scoring goals so that’s a big positive from a personal point of view. From a team point of view, we’ve been unlucky at times and robbed of decisions that have been crucial but we’re not down there fighting for our lives and we’re hoping to kick on.

“I want to get as many wins as we can for the rest of the season and get a few more goals for myself.”

Talking about his aims for next season and beyond, he said: “I still want to play and I think I’ve got a lot to give. People might question my age but I’ve still got a few more goals left in me and I’m still happy playing at 37 and I feel good.

When asked how he looks after his body, he jokingly replied: “I don’t drink as much anymore!

“As well as recovery days here, I do my own recovery days so I don’t really get a day off. I have my own massage guy who comes round to help me get ready for the next match.”

Despite being the oldest player in the dressing room, he still plays pranks on his teammates.

“I still act like a 16-year-old in there! I have my pranks and banter with the lads and they seem to give me stick because I’m the oldest one in there but it keeps me young and I enjoy it.”

Ellison is never far from the attention of fans whether it’s Shrimps’ here at the Globe Arena or away fans.

“It’s great obviously to have my own fans sing my name because it proves that I’m doing something right on the pitch for them to like me but it’s totally different at away grounds.

“I don’t think I help them because sometimes I give a bit of stick back to them. I was once told that if you’re always getting booed by away fans, it’s never a bad sign.”

However, in the game against Carlisle United at Brunton Park earlier in the season, he had a very different reaction from their fans.

“There’s a big crowd there but we battered them on the day and I got subbed late on. If you ask the rest of the players and staff here it’s not been heard of at Carlisle very often but I got a standing ovation from their home fans when I came off.”

When Jim Bentley stepped up to become the manager of the Shrimps, he made Ellison his first signing at the club.

“I was pleased to be the manager’s first signing because they’re always judged on that. If you ask him, I don’t think I’ve let him down. I’ve down what I can for him when I step over that white line and we’ve been good for each other.

“When he first rang me up I thought it was a wind-up at first because it was only a few months before that we both had each other at the throat and booked for aggressive play towards each other in a game between Morecambe and Rotherham.”

It is that attitude however that boss Bentley says he loves and why we may be seeing a lot more of Kevin Ellison in the future.

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