Q&A with Wolves winger Matt Jarvis
MSN Him catches up with Wolves winger and all-round nice guy Matt Jarvis.
After making his professional debut for Gillingham aged just 17, fleet-footed winger Matt Jarvis has gone on to carve an impressive career at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he's been a fixture of the team since their promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
He was voted Player's Player and Supporter's Player of the Year during the 2010-2011 season and even made his international debut as a second half substitute during England's friendly against Ghana.
After what's been a disappointing season in the Black Country we forgot about football for a moment and caught up with Matt to find out what life is like away from the pitch.
What's your greatest achievement?
When you're a kid you always want to play for your country and I've managed to do that, so obviously I want to get back in there and get some more, but making my debut for England is probably my biggest achievement.
And your biggest regret?
I don't think I have regrets. I always think that everything happens for a reason so if something doesn't quite happen then it's not meant to be and you learn from whatever you've done and make sure it doesn't happen again. I wouldn't say I have regrets because, whatever happens, it makes you into the person you are.
What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
The most expensive thing I've ever bought aside from houses and cars would have been my wife's engagement ring. It was very good for husband points but bad for my bank balance.
Night in or night out?
It's hard because everyone enjoys a night out; but I love my food and if I was going out and had a nice meal and drinks that would be a nice evening for me.
How do you stay fit?
Because of the training you do it's quite easy to stay in the routine of keeping fit, but it's the snacking and when you're away from the football ground really, what you eat and what you do that's important. I just try my best to drink loads of water away from the training ground and I'm very lucky that my wife cooks every meal from scratch so we know exactly what goes into the meal and know it's all good stuff.
So what's your bad health habit?
For me it's always sweets. Like pic'n'mix when you go to the cinema, I'm all over the sweets there.
What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Scary might not be the right word, but making my debut when I was 17, that was quite a daunting task, but an exciting one not scary. Getting married as well, that's always scary. Actually, when I did a driving experience and someone took me out in a Subaru Impreza rallying round a track, that was quite scary too.
Who do you look up to and why?
When I was growing up my player was always Ryan Giggs because he was in the same position as me and my game is similar to his, although he's changed his slightly as he's got older, but he's still playing at an absolutely amazing club and still playing incredible football.
Do you think you could carry on playing as long as Giggs has?
I don't think I'll be able to keep on as long as he has but it would be nice if I could.
Jeans and a t-shirt or suit and tie?
I would say I'm a jeans and t-shirt man, but I like to dress up when I can. I'm probably a jeans and t-shirt man overall.
If you weren't a footballer, what do you think you'd be doing?
During school I was into all the different sports. I did swimming, athletics, cross-country, anything really and I had to make the decision, which was an easy one, to leave all of the others behind and play football. But if I didn't choose football it would be one of the others; I'd always stay in and around sports, I love the competing side of it and the fitness and training. It gives you some sort of satisfaction after a tough session that you've finished and, depending on what you've done, you're pumped up and feel like you've worked hard.
What's your most prized possession?
It would be my England cap. It's in a little cabinet in pride of place, that's my most prized possession.
How do you relax?
I like to spend my days off with family and friends and maybe try to get on the golf course if I can, if the weather's good; I'm not a winter player. But when I do have my own time off I just like to chill out with my family, watch a bit of telly and catch up on anything I've recorded.
So what's your favourite programme at the moment then?
Cor, I've got quite a few, there's a lot on series link but I've been watching Suits, The Mentalist, Bones, Fringe, A League Of Their Own; I've got a whole long list, it's quite incredible.
Who's the most famous person in your phonebook?
I suppose that's a tough one, I've got a lot of footballers that I've played or am friends with so I've got to say one of them. They're all as famous as each other.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
My dad's always been telling me since I was young to always work hard and give it your all and the rewards will come.
How would you like to be remembered?
It will always be nice to be remembered as a good footballer, it's what you've always wanted to be so it would be nice to be remembered as an established player. And then the other side would be just to be remembered as a genuine nice guy who's professional and hard working. Oh and a family man, yeah I'd like that.
When have you felt most like a man?
When you feel most like a man is I suppose when you're getting married, that's quite a manly thing to do as you feel a bit older. But apart from that, probably my stag do.
Tell us something we don't know?
Well when I was younger and in the Beavers I used to play the guitar and did a little performance where I played the guitar and sang a song called Yellow Bird in front of everyone at the club.
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