Frustrated Newmarket Town striker Matt Hayden considering hanging up his boots
As he faces up to the prospect of sitting out a total of eight games through suspension, Newmarket Town striker Matt Hayden has revealed that he is giving serious consideration to quitting football.
The 25-year-old first saw red on November 17 against Hadleigh United, when his reaction to a challenge from a visiting defender saw him served with a violent conduct charge.
The forward had no qualms with that decision, admitting that the offence was worthy of a straight red card.
However, upon his return from that ban he was dismissed again away at Great Yarmouth Town on December 15 for dissent towards the referee – something that has left Hayden wondering if he has the desire to continue lacing up his boots every weekend.
“It feels like I do not have to do too much at all to get booked,” he said.
“I am getting booked for things other players would not even get spoken to for and sent off for things others would get booked for.
“The Hadleigh one was my fault, I have to hold my hands up to that, but there was nothing aggressive in what I said at Yarmouth. Everyone around me was shocked when he pulled out the red card.
“I have to think about whether it is all worth it. I will have spent a long time out with these bans and it’s just a case of seeing if I miss playing.
“I will keep training during that time, but if I do not end up missing it and dealing with those decisions, I will stop playing.”
Hayden was also keen to highlight the support he has received from Newmarket manager Michael Shinn.
“He has been brilliant with me from the start,” added the former Mildenhall Town and Lakenheath player.
“He understands me and has listened to what I have to say – there is no pressure. If I end up playing on, a lot of it will be down to him and his support.”