Dawson – together with Tom Huddlestone – has spent more time than he would like in the treatment room. But he was already back running as the campaign came to an end and, typically, he’s back with all his old enthusiasm and can’t wait for pre-season training!
The England centre-back is the main interview in the June issue of Hotspur magazine – on sale from today. And one lucky reader will win his signed match shirt in our latest free-to-enter competition.
“I’ve certainly got to know Tom a lot better because he hardly played at all last season so he’s had it even harder than me,” says Michael. “As a result we’ve been working hard together but it’s great that the two of us managed to get back out there before the summer break and we can now look forward to next season and coming back stronger.
“As a footballer you are naturally programmed to want to play football and that is your whole outlook. So if that is taken away from you, particularly over a long period, then you have to find a different kind of mental toughness.
“I am going away to get myself fit throughout the summer. I am determined to make up for lost time, have a good season and play many games. I’m single-minded in that because you realise how much you love the game when participation is taken away from you.”
Read the full story in the June Hotspur where we also focus on Kyle Walker’s amazing season and salute Brad Friedel’s incredible double – becoming our oldest-ever league player and also setting a new Premier League record for consistency.
Sandro is the subject of our popular ‘Box2Box’ feature as he looks back on his early career in Brazil when it would take him an hour to walk to training. But it was that sort of commitment which ensured that he made rapid progress as a youngster and was soon a key member of the Internacional side.
Young striker Harry Kane, back from his loan at Millwall, answers the questions in ‘High 5s’ where he recalls the day when he was kicking a ball around with his mates near his Chingford home – and Jermain Defoe pulled up and joined in!
Ossie Ardiles presents his regular column from Japan, paying tribute to the form of Friedel and Walker. And we catch up with former players Guy Butters and Clive Wilson and take a look at the Spurs career of Neil McNab.
We also present our ‘Review of Season 2011-12’ while Club historian Andy Porter details all our previous training grounds, going back to 1900 when we used Epping Forest!
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