Long praises dressing room atmosphere

STACY Long has praised the atmosphere in the Boro dressing room after a successful first season at the club. The players were certainly enjoying themselves while recording Make It Three, their FA Trophy Final song last week and Long believes it s good for

STACY Long has praised the atmosphere in the Boro dressing room after a successful first season at the club.

The players were certainly enjoying themselves while recording Make It Three, their FA Trophy Final song last week and Long believes it's good for the team to go out and have a bit of fun together.

"We've had a long season, now we've got two weeks until this final and it's nice to do something like this with all the boys," Long told The Comet.

"It's been a bit of fun but saying that we know we've got a lot of work to do between now and Saturday."


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Long believes the close knit nature of the Boro squad has been a key element in them winning the Blue Square Premier title this season.

"I think that's been key to our success this season," Long continued.

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"The relationships we've all formed, you can't buy that, you can't buy the team spirit that we've had and it's gone a long way to our success."

The summer signing from Ebbsfleet has gained a bit of a reputation for being a talented musician after impressing as part of The Favourites alongside Andy Drury, Lawrie Wilson, Jon Ashton and Michael Bostwick in a Boro talent show but Long says he can't take all of the credit.

"It's only because I've got four other people behind me in The Favourites!" Long added.

"We've had a couple of nights where we've had to do a show for everyone and one of our acts has been myself and four other lads in a band.

"In fairness it's not just me, everyone's got a bit of talent, there's been some actors come out and some magicians, there's been some good talents."

Next on Boro's agenda is the FA Trophy at Wembley and while Long hopes everyone enjoys the day he says the squad will only be focussed on winning the game.

"Fortunately a lot of us have played there before, it's one of those places you just want to get back to," he said.

"It's a great day out, but I've only won there and it's been a great day out. I don't want to go there and get the wrong result because I can imagine it being one of the worst experiences.

"We're going to prepare as we do for any other game. Every game for us this season has been massive and we're going to prepare the right way, hopefully get the right result and hopefully it'll be a great day."

A victory at Wembley would bring the curtain down on a fantastic first year at the Lamex Stadium for Long who says he was delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of a league winning side.

"It's been great," he added.

"I came here hoping we could challenge for the title at the beginning of the season, the squad's evolved and I'm over the moon that I've been given this opportunity to be part of a championship winning side and hopefully a double winning side.

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