Torquay United defender Guy Branston won’t allow the uncertainty over his future to alter his focus in the League Two play-off final against Stevenage at Old Trafford.
The Gulls Player of the Year is yet to be offered a new deal at Plainmoor despite helping to marshal a Toruqay side looking for their second promotion in three seasons.
But when it comes to the crunch at the Theatre of Dreams, Branston won’t allow off the field the issues to get in the way.
“It’s difficult to not think about it. You’ve got a family who are asking where you’re going to be living next season. But I have to deal with it,” he told GiveMeFootball.
“I genuinely believe that it should have been done in January but it hasn’t and I’ll be playing the play-off game with my full spirit towards Torquay and we’ll see what happens, but it’s important I get my future sorted because I want to be playing in the football league.”
“The gaffer has changed the ethos of the club, he’s got them as winners, he’s got them into play-off finals he’s got them into the football league and the play-offs. And that’s why I’m here for the long-term; I’m not interested in one-year deals.”
The Devon based side missed out on a trip to Old Trafford earlier in the season after an FA Cup 4th Round defeat to Crawley Town, who subsequently drew Manchester United in the following round, earning a money-spinning trip to the Premier League champions.
Despite missing out on such a fixture, the 32-year-old Branston says his side refused to rest on their laurels.
“People were saying to us it would be great to play Man United, but we were desperate to, we were desperate to and we were gutted about it but we didn’t have time to think that to deeply about it.
“We then had to re-build again. It takes a long time to build a reputation and you can’t just think that one game is going to change your life, it’s a season that changes your life.”
Paul Buckle’s side are aiming to reach League One for the first time since their relegation from the division in 2005, but standing in their way are the uncompromising Stevenage who have attracted plenty of criticism for their physical style of play.
However, Branston believes that Graham Westley’s side don’t get the credit they deserve.
“It’s a game plan that has brought them success and it’s done well in this division. If we still had Tim Sills and we’d be doing the same. Its not a long ball game, it’s a direct style of football that works.
“I’m worried about Stevenage, I think they come to us as a big side in our division and physically and they’ll come out at us and try to bully us.
“I can’t praise Stevenage enough, they’ve come out of the conference and they’ve had a tremendous season and full credit to them. It won’t just be kicking the ball forward and chasing it.”