Speaking at St James Park ahead of his side's victory over Darlington, Theo Streete is relaxed and clearly enjoying his time at his new club.
30 year old Theo had trained at times at SJP as part of his recovery from a knee injury and was pleased to sign on in January. “I played the full season when Solihull Moors won the league then I got injured in the final pre-season warm-up game last season,” he says. “It’s been a long way back but now I am regaining fitness and it is just great to be back out there getting game time. Through my career I have played at full-back on the left or the right and have also fitted in as a defensive-minded wing-back but I will always give it my all wherever I am asked to play. I played the full 90 minutes in the recent game at Peterborough Sports and that was good to get a full game under my belt. I have come off the bench a few times late on also. I want to be out there.”
“While I was out injured I did some analysis work for Solihull and then when Marcus [Bignot] moved to Grimsby he took me with him to carry this on. It kept me in and around the game and I enjoyed the work but at the end of the day you want to be out there playing if you can.”
The day job is manufacturing cars for JLR with a move to the engineering side of the company at Gaydon soon. “It’s a full-time job and with my young family also things are pretty busy,” he says. “But after a full year out of playing I am eager to get on and make a contribution here. I am a team player and I want to help as much as I can this year and hopefully look to next season also.”
Theo worked with Kevin Wilkin at Nuneaton for two seasons and knows lots of the current first team squad from his time at Solihull Moors. “I started on Derby County’s books then moved for four seasons to Solihull Moors before winning the league and gaining promotion to the Conference with Alfreton, going on to Nuneaton and then another title-winning season back at Solihull Moors where I played with Andy Brown, Jack Byrne, Connor Franklin, Danny Lewis, Gaz Dean, Jimmy Armson and Adam Walker. I’ve also come up against the likes of Steve Diggin so all in all it was an easy decision to come here. It’s a really welcoming club, it feels professional and well run and it’s all just clicked. It doesn’t feel like this everywhere for sure. It’s a tight-knit group of players and you can feel it with the supporters too.”
As a relative newcomer Theo Streete’s thoughts on the potential of his new team are interesting. “With the personnel here and the way we play there is nobody to fear,” he asserts. “The wins over Sutton and Barrow show this group is more than a match for anyone. The character was shown after the defeat at Blyth. It was a blip but the mental strength is there not to take it but to get straight back to winning ways and that was what we did in the next game. That is a sign of a strong team. The common bond here is the manager and Noony. Everyone wants to do well for the gaffer. We don’t want to let him down.”
Theo Streete’s enthusiasm and passion for the game is clear as is the strength that his addition to Kevin Wilkiin’s squad brings to the team as the sharp end of the season is upon us.