Manager reflects on last-day appearance for BaldwinGrecians manager Paul Tisdale was delighted that defender Pat Baldwin was able to get some minutes under his belt at the end of the 2014/15 season after spending most of the campaign on the sidelines with injury.
Baldwin was substituted midway through his seventh game back in September, having played through the pain for a couple of games, and it transpired that he had a serious knee injury which kept him out for almost a remainder of the year.
But he was given 15 minutes off the bench at the end of the Daggers game to help the Grecians secure a win and Paul was delighted that he had managed to get back to fitness after working hard at his rehab.
Like many of the players, decisions regarding his future will be forthcoming during the next few weeks. But he was pleased for Pat on a personal level that he was able to make another appearance before the season was out.
“It was a big moment for Pat – it’s a nice moment because he has got back and his fitness has returned,” Paul said.
“He has been available and it’s great that we have been able to respond by giving him 15 minutes to finish off the season.
“He now goes into the summer having returned to fitness and the first-team field. He’s another player that will be in discussions with me in about a week’s time.
“But he has given a lot of effort and service to the team and to me and it was great that he was able to come onto the pitch.
“Really it rounded off the season for him and means that he goes into the summer having returned to first-team action, and that’s very important for us and for him.
“It has been really disappointing that he’s had to miss seven or eight months of the season – a real shame. But he is a very good influence on the younger players and he is a proper individual, and it’s what we’re about at Exeter.”