Jamille's Fighting Qualities
THE size of Argyle and the size of the task that faces them in the final ten games of the Sky Bet League 2 season were twin attractions that brought Jamille Matt to Home Park.The 6ft 4in striker joined the Pilgrims on loan from League 1 Fleetwood Town last week, making his debut a day later as a 70th-minute substitute in a 2-1 defeat at Accrington Stanley.
Seven days on, he is poised for a home debut against Luton Town, with the Pilgrims looking to cement or improve upon their third position in the division – the final of the automatic promotion slots.
“It’s a massive club,” said Jamille, 25. “I spoke to few people about that and I was excited about the opportunity, because I know how big a club it is.
“That was the main reason, to be honest, and I wanted to be fighting for something, as well. I’d rather be fighting for something, than go to a team that is not able to achieve anything – that’s a massive part of the reason that I’m here.
“I’ve been down here with Fleetwood, in the past – it was pretty early in the season a couple of years ago – and it was a passionate place; it’s a club that’s going places, so that’s something I want to be a part of.”
Jamille is out of contract at Fleetwood in the summer, after missing all of last season, and has previously had a loan spell at Argyle’s fellow League 2 side Stevenage during the current campaign.
“I picked up a pretty bad injury, but I’m putting that all behind me now and going on to the future,” he said.
“It’s just bad luck, I suppose – I don’t think any injuries hit you when you are playing badly; they always hit you when you are playing well. That’s the way it is – it’s part of being a football player. You just have to deal with it and show resilience to come back stronger. I’ve missed one game this season, due to an unrelated injury, so I’ve been available for every other game. It’s behind me now.
“I just want to play football now, play as many games as I can to help the team here stay in that promotion picture, and see where that takes me.
“Going to a club that fighting for something is a big challenge and something to look forward to. It always makes you feel better towards the end of the season to know that you’re fighting for something; it keeps that motivation in you, and that fight in you.”