Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin on Thursday 18th June 2015, after he agreed a two year contract with the club, having previously been at the club for two loan spells during the 2012-13 season.
MD: That (previous loan spell) was a big influence, especially with the memories that I had of the club. Obviously Darren and Terry are still here, and I spoke to Terry and I spoke to the manager, and I think it was an easy decision in the end to come down and play football as well, and hopefully push the club forward.
RH: You last played for Yeovil in a League One play-off final at Wembley. Now they're in League Two, you must be keen to help the club bounce back.
MD: Yes, I think the club is obviously a very good club. You can see what the club can achieve as a whole from what we did two-and-a-half years ago, in getting promoted back to the Championship. I think that if we hit the ground running, then it's a club that shouldn't be in the position that it's in at the minute. But hopefully we'll push back and push ourselves towards League One and promotion.
RH: What were your impressions of Paul Sturrock when you spoke to him?
MD: I spoke to the manager, and I'd read up a lot on his history, and I'd spoken to a few of the lads that had played under him. Obviously you still stay in touch with them, and I can only say positive things about him. He comes across really well, and I like the things that he said. Obviously his record speaks for himself, and he's clearly a very good manager, especially with six promotions to his name already, and hopefully another one next year. So yes, I really liked my chat with him.
RH: And you're only 22, aren't you, so you must be looking forward to the next chapter in your career after leaving Bradford?
MD: Yes, I'm 22 now. I wouldn't say I'm very experienced, but I've had experience of the league in League One and League Two, and I think this chapter of my career is all about playing football, and progressing with Yeovil Town as a club. I think that it's the right place for me to do that. Last season I didn't play as much as I wanted to, and I spoke to (Bradford City manager) Phil (Parkinson) about that, and this year in the next season, I do need to do that. This is my choice and I'm thoroughly pleased with it and I'm looking forward to it.
RH: It's a very new-look Yeovil Town side. I think Sam Foley has joined Port Vale today, so that's one player you won't be playing with next season.
MD: No, but we've all been in touch. The lads that did win promotion have all been in clubs together, and have all gone on to do very very good things in their career coming off the back of that. Obviously I spoke to some of them, and they said that I can come down here and gain experience and get games. Also Yeovil as a club can be a lot higher, as it's proven in the past, and hopefully that will happen.
RH: Final question - are you ready for pre-season training?
MD: Yes, really ready. I didn't play that much last year, so I see this pre-season as a chance to regain a lot of the match fitness that I might not have had maybe last year. So I've been doing plenty of running, and I'm sure that the gaffer will give us a good beasting and make sure that we're ready for that first game.
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