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Dan Chillingworth relishes St Neots Town role

Daniel Chillingworth
Chillingworth is a product of the U's academy

Former Cambridge United striker Dan Chillingworth admitted he lost his love for the sport, following three seasons of injury misery.

But the 28-year-old has dropped down four divisions and rediscovered his appetite at United Counties Premier League side St Neots Town.

He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I've had my fair share of injuries over the last few years. I think I fell out of love with the game a little bit."

Chillingworth has barely taken to the field since helping fire the U's clear of the Conference relegation places in 2007, but is determined to hit the goal trail again with the Saints.

He said: "When you spend a lot of time on the treatment table it becomes difficult to motivate yourself.

"But I've had a good two years out of football and I'm hungry to get back involved at a team like St Neots - they like to play football, and there's a few of my mates there as well."

Chillingworth made more than 100 appearances for the U's in two spells with club, and has also turned out for Leyton Orient, Rushden & Diamonds and Notts County.

But after signing a one-year deal at the Abbey in the summer of 2007, the striker struggled to find fitness and was released by then-boss Jimmy Quinn at the end of the campaign.

There should be plenty of goals flowing and hopefully I'll get my fair share

Dan Chillingworth

A subsequent spell at St Albans City was just as miserable, but the Cambridge-born forward is confident he can bounce back at Rowley Park.

He said: "I'm enjoying my football again. If I can prove my fitness over the next year or so then, who knows? Hopefully I can progress with St Neots."

The Saints finished last season in second place in the UCL Premier Division, seven points adrift of champions Daventry Town, and Chillingworth believes the side can go one better this time around.

"I've been really impressed," he said. "We've got some really good ability in the squad. There should be plenty of goals flowing in and hopefully I'll get my fair share."

Saints boast a side awash with experienced Cambridgeshire-based players. Mikey Hyem and keeper Luke McShane are both former U's men, while Matt Haniver and Glen Fuff enjoyed successful spells with Histon and Cambridge City respectively.

Their class has told so far this season. In four league games and one FA Cup tie they have picked up five wins without conceding a goal.

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