New Bromley signing James Alabi says he was able to maintain his optimism in what has been the most uncertain close-season in recent memory.

The forward left Leyton Orient and ultimately signed for Neil Smith’s National League side. The end of a season typically leaves so many footballers needing to find a club, but with the extraordinary challenges of 2020 thrown into the mix, it has been an especially challenging period for players from far and wide.

Alabi recalls his own situation: “Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of uncertainty for footballers in general, but I’m quite a positive thinker, and when the situation happened, I just tried to make the good out of the situation that we were all in. Obviously there were days where I thought ‘okay, where am I gonna play next?‘ but at the end of the day, I believe in my ability and that a club would come in for me, and that I will go on and do well, wherever that may be.

“I channelled my energy into other things, like keeping fit, staying positive, staying in touch with family and friends at the time. Just keeping the smile on my face regarding the situation, because when you start thinking negatively, it’s not gonna help the situation.

“We were already in uncertain times, so to think negative on top of that is not gonna help your mentality when you do start getting back to the serious things. It was tough but I still learned a lot about myself.”

Read the full in-depth interview with James here

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