It’s been a stop-start season for Boston United midfielder Indy Aujla.
Injury and team selection have seen him involved in just 10 of the 24 matches the Pilgrims have played since he signed for Dennis Greene’s side in September, and five of those were appearances from the bench.
Now, having overcome a niggling hamstring injury, the 26-year-old is attempting to force his way back into the side after loanee Kyle Dixon and new signings Jamie McGhee and Ryan Semple have hit the ground running.
You could almost forgive the midfielder for sulking.
But Aujla has no time in his life for negativity.
“We’re at the business end of the season now, and I believe everyone in the squad has their part to play,” he said.
“We want to win this league so we’ve got to keep our eyes on the prize.
“I think I’ve got a lot to give on the pitch. But if I’m not playing I can still do my bit by helping to encourage the other lads and get them going.”
Aujla’s words are refreshing to hear in a sport where many of the game’s top stars seem to think there is in fact an ‘I’ in team.
“I’ve been in dressing rooms where lads have been unhappy because they’re not playing,” he continued.
“I understand their frustrations, but like everything in life I think they need to look at the bigger picture.
“I don’t like negativity. I try to channel that into positivity.
“I’ve always been like that with everything bad that I’ve ever been through in life.
“I’m lucky because I’ve got a family who have given me a good upbringing and have always been there for me.”
In a bid to understand more about the perfect winning mentality, Aujla loves to study football and reads biographies of people he admires such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane and Brian Clough.
“I like to see how they think and look at situations,” Aujla added.
The midfielder is currently studying for his UEFA coaching badges.
And although he believes these qualifications, and background knowledge into the drive of trophy-winning managers, will put him in good stead for a career in the dug-out, Aujla is nowhere near ready to hang up his boots yet.
“It’s all about playing football,” he continued.
“I’m doing my badges and reading the books because I want to be the best footballer I can be.
“I look after myself and try to keep in the best shape possible.
“I believe I can keep playing for another 10 or 15 years.”
Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs has stated he believes yoga is something which has helped him stay on top of his game into his 40s, and Aujla is also a firm advocate.
He added: “I do yoga almost every day.
“I love it. It’s good for the body and helps clear my mind.
“I do it at home, at classes, wherever I can.
“I also like to do a lot of swimming.
“It’s a good feeling to keep fit but also take your mind away from football for a bit.
“There’s a wider spectrum. There’s more to football than just training and playing.