Injured midfielder has been "overwhelmed" by support
Cameron McGeehan spent his first full day at home yesterday after leaving the London Bridge Hospital on Sunday, and lutontown.co.uk caught up with the midfielder to relay his thanks to everyone who has shown their support since he broke his leg at Portsmouth last week.
Speaking from his family home in Kingston, the 21-year-old said he had been overwhelmed by the messages he’s received from as far afield as Portsmouth and Accrington, where one pub last Saturday had a sign outside welcoming all Hatters and urging the team to ‘Do it for Cameron!’
“It’s been really touching to receive so many lovely phone calls, texts, direct messages and comments on social media, and it’s kept my spirits up while I’ve been stuck in hospital,” said Cameron, who had his left leg operated on last Wednesday evening.
“There are so many people I want to thank for their physical help too, like the Portsmouth medical staff who helped me off the pitch. I’ve had a couple of nice messages from them, and it means a lot. Their captain Michael Doyle called too, which was really appreciated.
“Our academy physio Dan Simm was on his first away trip with us and he was the one who came in the ambulance and held everything together for me at the hospital initially. He was brilliant. I was on morphine but he was talking to me constantly, keeping Simon Parsell and my family in the loop.
“The hospital in Portsmouth was really busy so it was arranged for me to be transferred to London Bridge, where Simon knew the consultant who would operate on me. Dan arranged the taxi, but the gaffer and Si turned up and stayed with me until they’d put my leg in plaster and it was time to leave.
“The gaffer had the coach parked up outside and came in with me for about an hour-and-a-half. It was unbelievable – he even pushed me out to the taxi in a wheelchair! The lads had wanted to come in but they couldn't all be in there.
“SODS came down to see me the other day once I’d moved to London Bridge, and Simon did too. He’s been fantastic with his constant messages and calls. We are lucky to have a physio like him at the club.
“Of course, I’ve got to thank my family too. My mum, dad, my girlfriend Jenni, my little brother Freddie - who’s been over from America - and my sister Lilli have been with me every day. In fact, they brought another bed into the room so I could have someone stay with me every night!
“I’ve had so many messages of support from people at the club and the fans – it’s been overwhelming. I know the tough bit will come in three or four weeks when it goes a bit quieter, but I’ll have my rehab to focus on and I’m determined to come back stronger and fitter than ever. That’s the goal.”
To that end, one gesture in particular is going to help Cameron back on the road to full fitness.
“The supporters in the Bobbers Travel Club had a collection and bought me an Amazon voucher,” adds the former Norwich man. “It was a real surprise, a fantastic gesture. I’m going to put it towards something to help me with my rehab so they will have played a part towards getting me back on a football pitch.
“I’ve got a period now where I’m going to get my head down and make every other part of my body really strong and in top shape; eat really well and then get in the gym and jump everything up.
“That’s the way I look at it now. I want to grow as a player, but this will make me stronger, both physically and mentally as well. It gives you more desire to go and push on again.”