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