Up and down season, admits Town stopper, who thanks the staff and his family for helping him through his injury nightmare
Dean Gerken has admitted he’s never experienced a season like this one but is determined to put his injury nightmare behind him.
The Town stopper, who extended his stay with the Blues until 2017, lost his place in the side to Bartosz Bialkowski on two occasions due to injury.
Whilst frustrated to be watching from the bench, the ‘keeper has been pleased with the team’s performances in the league and thanks the staff and his family for helping him through the tough times.
“I have never had a season like this and it has been tough. It’s been experiences that I have not had to deal with before,” Gerks told the official Club website.
“It’s one thing to get your head around another ‘keeper getting picked to play in front of you but it’s a whole new ball game losing your place through injury.
“It first happened when we played at Blackpool when I pulled up in the warm-up with a groin injury. Then I got injured again when I was going to play against Southampton in a big FA Cup game which was live on TV.
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“That happened a day before the game when I was taking part in a shooting session which I probably should have avoided and then having got my place back [against Brentford in March] I got knocked out inside four minutes against Middlesbrough.
“So it’s been hard. They have been niggly injuries really more than anything else, keeping me out for a few weeks but it’s been the timing of them that has killed me.
“The physio staff are great, they give you ‘head space’, which you need when you are injured.
“I’ve also got three kids now and that helps me deal with the frustrations because when I get home, I haven’t got time to feel frustrated. It’s busy and they take my mind of things.”
You can read a full, in depth and exclusive interview with Dean in Saturday's matchday programme.