Hull City

Lewis-Potter: I’m Missing Football So Much

28 April 2020
Keane Lewis-Potter is missing football ‘massively’ but has underlined the importance of staying safe by remaining at home during the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the sporting world and almost all countries have suspended its sporting activities in an attempt to curb the spread of the pandemic.

Seven weeks have now passed since the 19-year-old and his team-mates last took to a football pitch and, whilst admitting to missing the beautiful game, Lewis-Potter insists football is currently insignificant and is keen for everyone to focus on their health and well-being.

“It goes without saying that I’m missing football massively,” he said. “It’s been a huge part of my life for such a long time now and to have that taken away has been tough.

“There’s nothing that professional footballers want to do more than kicking a ball around right now – it’s as simple as that. We’d all choose to play football over anything else. We do that six days out of seven every week in our everyday life – that’s life for us and it’s what we’re used to.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about it right now. We’re in unprecedented times. This hasn’t been seen before. It’s tough but it’s the same for everyone, no matter what their profession. I’m sure everyone would rather be able to go to work and come home, rather than just being stuck at home with very little to do.

“Right now though, all that matters is getting through this crisis. I never thought I’d say that anything was more important than football, but right now it has to take a back seat. As much as I want to be able to get back to doing what I love the most, it can only happen when the current situation is under control and it’s safe for sport to resume.

“The health of everyone is so important at the minute and that has got to be the main focus. Football will restart, we can’t wait for it to restart but we want to make sure everyone is fit and healthy first and foremost. That’s what matters the most right now.”

Asked what aspects of life at the Club he was missing the most, the Academy product was quick to highlight the normal daily interaction with his team-mates and staff at the Tigers’ Cottingham training base.

“Sometimes we can be guilty of taking it all for granted for a little,” he added. “I think I appreciate that side of things much more now because of what has happened.

“There’s a group chat that all of the lads are in, so we’re still in contact with each other. There’s still plenty of banter flying around to try and keep our minds away from everything that’s going on in the world. Unfortunately, it’s just not quite the same as being in and amongst it at the training ground.

“We’re just used to seeing each other every single day – the coaches and the players – and being away from it for as long as we have makes you realise how fortunate we are with the working environment we have

“Obviously we’ve got our programmes and work that we have to do to make sure we’re keeping our fitness levels up. It’s so important that we do that so we are ready to return whenever we get the call.

“It’s hard though because we’re very much a team. Football is a team sport. We’re in it together day in, day out and to not be in that environment with the rest of the lads is very strange.

“To have that taken away – with no real timescale of it coming back – has been difficult. It’s such a weird situation and one that no-one really could have seen coming.”