Poppies legend Brett doing all he can to stay fit in lockdown

From runs and sprints to yoga with the family, Brett Solkhon is doing what he can to keep himself in shape for whenever football returns.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 9:06 am
Kettering Town legend Brett Solkhon. Picture by Peter Short

The Kettering Town legend has given an insight into life for a semi-professional footballer during the period of isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Poppies’ National League North season has been suspended for just over a month now and it remains unclear how the campaign will be played out, although it has been recommended to clubs that they should vote for it to be ended before decisions are taken as to how the final positions should be confirmed.

Nonetheless, Solkhon confirmed the Kettering squad have been receiving weekly training programmes from assistant-manager John Ramshaw to ensure they remain in shape.

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“Rammers is sending us a weekly isolation programme with runs for us to do and there is an app on our phones so we can track everything,” Solkhon, who has now made 598 appearances for the Poppies, said.

“At this particular moment I am only working the odd couple of days a week so I have plenty of free time and I am getting out as much as possible for runs and sprints as well as weights.

“To be honest, I am probably working out more than I have done before!

“It’s gutting and frustrating that we aren’t out there playing and, initially, I would have to hold my hands up and say I was selfish when this all started because I wanted the season to carry on with me being two games away from 600 for the club.

“Looking back now, it’s the right thing to do and we have to abide by the government guidelines.

“But it is all about ticking over. It’s not easy with kids as well but we have a nice schedule in our house.

“They are getting all their work done and we have been doing a bit of yoga as well and my little girl is putting me to shame with that! When she’s doing her moves and poses, it’s definitely making me feel old!

“I am just hoping we can get back sooner rather than later but everyone’s health remains the most important thing."