12:30PM, Thursday 13 January 2022
Remy Clerima says he’s been forced to start listening to his body after playing on with the after effects of coronavirus, however, he also believes he has a lot more to give in the second half of the season.
The Magpies defender was one of several players in the camp to catch the virus in the months before Christmas and, having thought he’d shaken off the worst of its effects, returned to the team after just a couple of weeks.
With right-back Ryheem Sheckleford sidelined through injury, and several other players also missing as United struggled to find form and pick up points, Clerima’s presence in the backline was welcomed.
He admits the last few months have been difficult, and that he still doesn’t feel 100 per cent, but he feels there’s there’s much more to come from him as the Magpies look to consolidate their place in the National League.
“This season I had COVID at the end of October so coming back from that was really hard,” he said.
“Especially when we had to play games on Saturdays and Tuesdays, it was really intense. My lungs, my body, my fitness wasn’t there at all. But I had to play.
“The manager wanted me in the team because we had Ryheem (Sheckleford) who was injured at the time as well. We don’t have many right-backs, it’s just me or Ryheem.
“I’m a person that, even if I have a slight injury, will run and get through the game. That’s why I think the manager can rely on me.”
With the club now entering the second half of their campaign, Clerima admits he’s still not feeling 100 per cent, but added that he’s now listening to his body and allowing that to dictate whether he can play or not.
“To be honest, I don’t think I’ve been as fit as I normally am and playing as well as I normally do,” Clerima added.
“Maybe, I’m being too hard on myself, but I know there’s a lot more I can give to the team. I feel I’ve been playing okay, but I know there is more in me to help the team.
“If he (Devonshire) needs me or picks me to start, I listen to my body and then I know if I can make it through the game.
“But, even if I’m going to struggle, I will do my best and what I can. It’s no problem at all.”