Keeper Lee launches staunch defence of attitude on Twitter

Richard Lee and one of his tweets
Richard Lee and one of his tweets

Former Aylesbury Grammar School pupil Richard Lee has launched a staunch defence of his attitude towards his career as a professional footballer on social networking site Twitter.

Brentford goalkepper Lee, who used to play for Bedgrove Dynamos as a youngster, took to Twitter – on which he has nearly 7,000 followers – to refute ‘ridiculous’ rumours circulating on internet forums claiming he is happy with life as a substitute for the League One side.

The former Watford keeper has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and has had a hand in businesses, including his own goalkeeping academy, and written a book.

This season under Bees boss Uwe Rösler he has played second fiddle to first choice keeper David Button.

But in a series of tweets last night (Sunday) he insisted he is ‘hungrier and fitter than ever’.

He said: “I have heard a few hugely inaccurate rumours lately that are apparently circulating on message boards, so just want to clear them up.

“One, it’s been suggested that I’m not bothered about being sub – absolutely ridiculous... I’m doing everything within my power to be selected and am desperate to play.

“I am however a professional and will always give my backing to whoever plays. David Button is a fantastic guy and between us there’s inevitable, healthy competition.

“Two, people keep asking if I’m still injured. No, I’m fully fit and have been for six weeks now. I feel fantastic, the best I’ve felt for years. I worked tenaciously all through the summer and as a result my shoulder feels the best it’s ever felt.”

The one-time England Under 20 international even went as far as to post a picture of his garage which he said he had turned into a goalkeeping gym at great expense in order to work ‘tirelessly’ on his fitness and condition over the summer.

“I am 100% focused on football. I’m hungrier than ever, my life is structured around football as those who are close to me will testify,” he said.

“The games I played gave me the biggest high I’ve experienced for ages and I can’t wait for a chance to prove that my best is yet to come.”

Lee brought his series of tweets to a close with the message ‘#thatisall’.

His tweets were flooded with responses from football fans backing him and he later responded, saying: “Overwhelmed by the response, appreciate the kind words and loyal support. Feels good to have put the record straight.”

+ You can follow Lee on Twitter @richardleegk