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Heald: ‘Something Seems To Have Just Clicked Into Place'

Martin Heald lifts the FA Disability Cup trophy 2023 - Image: Jake Kirkman

Everton were crowned FA Disability Cup champions on Saturday following a 4-2 triumph over rivals Portsmouth and for Martin Heald it topped off a memorable week for the Toffees captain.

“Winning the Nations League was an incredible feeling, and this has just topped it,” said Heald.

“It’s a week that’s definitely up there with the best in my amputee career, that’s for sure.

With five of the Everton squad also featuring amongst the England playing and coaching team, Heald believes the culture built around the national squad has only benefited the Merseyside club.

“The togetherness we had over the Nations League weekend was unmatched. It definitely played a major factor in our success; you could definitely feel that carrying over into today with the England boys.”

Heald stands strong against England teammate TJ Yates - Image: Jake Kirkman

Reflecting on his side's victory, the defender was delighted that the work put in behind the scenes had paid off, he said: “We have been working on this for a good eight to 12 months now and everyone followed the game plan throughout.

“There were a few hairy moments but that’s football. It’s going to happen.”

Stalwart performances at club and international levels haven’t gone amiss of late, with Heald a dominant figure in the defensive rear-guard and someone who is just loving the position he has found himself in.

“I think it’s just the support and belief that the players and the staff have in me. It’s helped me feel more relaxed on the pitch.

“You can see that in my game. But something seems to have just clicked into place.

“I even came close to a goal today!”


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