May 6 2010 By Tim Edwards
Wealdstone player of the season Marvin McCoy has revealed the secret of his success – watching TV all day.
|The versatile right-back deservedly scooped the Supporters Club Player (Jock Law Trophy) and the Player's Player of the Year awards at the club's end-of-season bash on Sunday, his first silverware since he was at school.
McCoy's athleticism, coolness, raw power and consistency earned him many admiring glances last season after he made the right-back position his own following Carl Martin's departure to Crewe Alexandra.
However, while he admits practice and determination has paid off there is another unusual training method he has used to pull the plug on opposition attackers.
McCoy's day job is CCTV management – he keeps an eye out for suspicious activity around the Kings Cross area of London using a bank of 12 monitors.
“It certainly helps me maintain my concentration which is a big part of my game,” said the 21-year-old former Watford youth product. “Lots of things can happen in just a few seconds so you really have to stay alert all the time, and that is the same in football.”
McCoy came through the Hornets ranks with former Stones loan players Theo Robinson (Huddersfield) and Harrow-born John-Joe O'Toole (Colchester United) and is keen to follow them and former team-mate Martin into the pro ranks.
“I believe I can play at a higher level but I have to keep my head down and keep improving for that opportunity to come along,” he added. “It is my ultimate goal to be a professional footballer again and hopefully I am the next one who will shine.”
The contracted defender had to bide his time to make an impact, such was Martin's form in the 2008/09 season. And his consistent displays last season ensured he was one of the first names down on Stones boss Gordon Bartlett's team-sheet.
“Winning the awards was a nice way to end the season, especially after we came so close,” said McCoy. “What sets me apart from other full-backs is using my pace and joining in with the attack. I just need to get a few more goals next season.”
Stones boss Bartlett said: “Marvin has established himself and he now has a solid platform to push on. He has stepped out of Carl Martin's shadows and I would not be surprised if he followed suit.”