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Martin-Heskey wants to make more progress

PUBLISHED: 12:58 22 June 2013

Craig Martin-Heskey (left) and Kiernan Hughes-Mason are two of UEL's footballing talents

Craig Martin-Heskey (left) and Kiernan Hughes-Mason are two of UEL's footballing talents

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UEL student aiming higher

UEL student Craig Martin-Heskey is hoping to achieve success with his football team next season after enjoying a fantastic year with the University squad.

With Martin-Heskey as chairman, the football team won UEL’s club of the year prize at the end of season awards night.

The first team went unbeaten throughout the season and Heskey captained the second string to a second-placed finish in South Eastern 4D University league.

Now Martin-Heskey wants to be a fixture in the first team next season for Essex Senior League side Sporting Bengal.

He said: “If we have the same squad as last year I would say yes (I should be starting).

“It all depends on players that come in and players that leave.”

On a whole, the midfielder admitted last season wasn’t the best for him individually, but still a massive learning curve.

He added: “It was a bit up-and-down for me personally, I wasn’t in the team much at times but found my feet towards the end of the season.

“It was a learning curve. It has made me a bit more confident with what I want to do, in terms of targets and getting into the team but we’ll see if I am still there.”

Martin-Heskey has the option to continue with Sporting Bengal and would like to do so, unless an offer from a club in a higher division comes in.

He added: “There are options from other clubs but Sporting Bengal are always there.

“The manager has welcomed me back so it all depends on what is on offer.

“If there is something better then I will probably take it, but if it is on the same level then there is no point and I’ll stay where I am because overall it has been a good experience.”

Craig would like to follow in the footsteps of his cousin, former England international Emile Heskey, by achieving senior international honours.

Having appeared for Antigua & Barbuda’s under-20 side in 2009, Martin-Heskey is hoping to get a senior cap once his degree finishes in December.

He has also hinted at the possibility of playing football in Antigua next year to increase his chances.

He said: “I am looking to get involved again once my degree is done.

“It is going to be very tough now for me personally to get in because they find a lot of decent Antigua players that are playing in the top five tiers of the country.

“I am hoping, going to Antigua, they can see me directly a little bit more and hopefully push my chances of getting a senior call-up.”

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