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'At 21 you go for a few pints, now it's yoga and pilates' - How Wes Hoolahan has prolonged his football career

Protein shakes - not snackboxes - keep Hoolahan on the road with Cambridge at 38

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Wes Hoolahan in action for Cambridge United. Photo: Getty Images

Wes Hoolahan in action for Cambridge United. Photo: Getty Images

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Wes Hoolahan in action for Cambridge United. Photo: Getty Images

On the eight-hour round trip across southern England today to get to the home of Crawley Town FC for a game in the fourth tier, there's plenty of time to think.

Of those who are intrigued to see Wes Hoolahan still playing away, at the age of 38, one of those most surprised is Wes Hoolahan himself. He will be just short of 39 when the current season wraps up, though if things carry on as they have started for Cambridge United, that could lead to promotion as the club have enjoyed a thrilling start to the season.

He laughs off the suggestion that he could be around again next season in League One, making it clear that experience tells him that League Two is a slog from week to week and a table-topping side can quickly find themselves in mid-table, if they get notions about themselves. But, for now, the veteran is enjoying the ride.


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