New loan signing Marcus Stewart talked to BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden on Wednesday 30th August - the day Stewart agreed a three month loan period at Huish Park.
MS: Yes, it's been frustrating. When I've been in the Reserves I've scored my fair share of goals this season. But that is nothing like first team football and getting goals at this level.
AD: Has it been made clear to you by City that you weren't going to play for them?
MS: Kind of, yes, that was the situation. But that's just the way football is and you've just got to get on with it and deal with it. When the chance comes you have to take it or not take it, and this is one I wanted to take when I spoke to the manager here.
AD: Do you feel you got a fair crack of the whip at City or not?
MS: Not particularly - no. As simple as that.
AD: So it was good to get away from there, despite the fact that it is your boyhood club?
MS: Of course it is, yes. At the end of the day it's about football and it's about your happiness off the pitch. If things are not making you happy on it then you do tend to bring things home. So now I hope that I can play football and be happy in my head again.
AD: Do you think you will ever play for City again?
MS: Not whilst this manager is here at City - no. So that is probably a no.
AD: So that probably suggests a kind of a clash between the two of you.
MS: That's just the way football is, I suppose. That happens - I've seen it happen before at other clubs. It almost happened to me at Sunderland when Howard Wilkinson came. But luckily the board sussed out that he wasn't the manager for the job and then Mick McCarthy came in. I was that close to going really, but Mick came in and made me really part of his side and played the game through me and built a team around me. That was quite nice and it showed how quickly things can change. But obviously that's football, and probably if I am manager one day, it will probably happen to players that are under my belt.
AD: So what do you think failed to catch Gary Johnson's eye in terms of you being a City player?
MS: I haven't got a clue. You'd have to ask him that question.
AD: Is it on the field or off the field?
MS: I don't know. You'd have to ask him that question.
AD: You've come back to the West and a boyhood Bristol City fan - there must be part of you that is disappointed that it has not worked out.
MS: Yes of course it is, but that's the way it is. My kids will always be Bristol City fans, or I'll try and make them into Bristol City fans. I will always be a Bristol City fan. My mates will be, my mum will be, so it will always be part of my blood.
AD: No regrets?
MS: None whatsoever.
AD: Would you like to play in that game against City (on November 4th)? I know you're not allowed to.
MS: Yes, of course I would do.
AD: What about your future here Marcus. Do you see it as a long term thing? Obviously it is three months initially.
MS: Three months initially - yes. I don't know - hopefully something might happen after that. But we will wait and see what happens. Three months is a long time and a lot of things can happen in those three months. But we'll start with that for now and get on with the next couple of games with Swansea away and Forest at home and take it from there. If something happens at the end of it then good, but we'll just wait and see.
AD: Have you got a lot to give to the game do you think?
MS: Of course I have. I've got enthusiasm still to give and I've got experience. I feel I've got loads of things to give, and I'm still fit.
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