‘I made a conscious decision to try and enjoy my football again’- Sylvan Ebanks-Blake reflects on injuries, life after football and current Leicestershire club Barwell

By Jámes Wynn

Barwell striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake says he ‘wants to enjoy football again’ after spending just over a year in the non-league levels of the English game.

Ebanks-Blake has spent two months at the Leicestershire club, scoring two goals, having spent time at West Midlands rivals AFC Telford United and Halesowen Town, and said he has enjoyed his time with the Canaries so far.

“It’s been a good experience up to now, we’ve got good players who like to try and play football’, said the striker, who scored 64 goals for Wolves in a five-and-a-half year spell at Molineux.

“It’s not been hard to adapt to dropping into non-league, because it was my choice to drop down and having suffered a serious injury [a broken leg suffered against Birmingham City in April 2013], I realised I can’t compete at the level I used to, so I made a conscious decision to enjoy football again.”

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However, the former Premier League number nine was saddened to see manager Jimmy Ginnelly leave for Nuneaton last week.

“He said: “It’s disappointing to see Jimmy leave, I signed because of him and at my age I want to play with managers I know, but I wish him all the best, he’s got his dream job at Nuneaton.

“For the rest of the season we just want to win as many games as possible and be competitive in the league.”

At the age of 32, Ebanks-Blake is now looking towards the future and exploring his options for when his football career is over.

“I’m laying the foundations at the minute, trying to enjoy life, spending more time with my family and looking into property and coaching.

“I don’t really have any ambition to become a manager at the minute, it’s more about listening and learning for me.”

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