No regrets as Hutchinson gets into the groove
BEN Hutchinson insists he has no regrets about his rollercoaster career.
And rather than dwell on the past, the former Celtic striker wants to be a success in the present with Mansfield Town.
The 24-year-old moved from Arnold Town to Premier League Middlesbrough as a 19-year-old, before sealing a move to Celtic where he played Champions League football.
But from those highs, he is now back in the Blue Square Bet Premier with the Stags and is looking to rebuild his career.
He has started the last six games, scoring twice as Mansfield remained unbeaten going into today's FA Trophy first round tie with Matlock Town (3pm) at the One Call Stadium.
But he is just delighted to be back playing regularly.
Hutchinson said: "I am not trying to dwell in the past. There are things I could have done differently looking back now. But I have no regrets, I did some great things and it is about trying to get back there now."
Hutchinson has been playing in the hole behind the striker and has proved a success.
It is a position he took up as a youngster working with Paul Cox, now his boss at Mansfield, in the youth set-up at Eastwood.
And he said: "When I played for the gaffer when I was younger (at Eastwood) that is the position I played so I am happy with that.
"I am pleased to be playing football again because it was frustrating at the start of the season when I was not in the team.
"I kept my nut down and was determined to force my way into the team and luckily I have done that.
"I want to keep consistency with my performances."
Mansfield's performances have started to pick up since Cox trimmed down his huge squad.
It has seen Stags move up to seventh in the league and into the second round of the FA Cup, when they travel to Lincoln in a week's time.
But Hutchinson also wants FA Trophy glory and says they will not be taking Evo-Stik Premier side Matlock lightly today.
"It is good to be in all competitions and we just want to win every game we play," he said.
"I am always happy to play and to score goals makes me happy. I need to keep my performance level high and work hard.
"I always believed our squad was good enough to challenge for the title or to get into the play-offs.
"The gaffer wanted to bring in a lot more players and you have to give players time to gel.
"The team, as it is now, is starting to gel and there is that togetherness and everybody seems to have each other's back.
"It seems to be knitting into place but we have to keep our consistency and work hard for each other to continue doing well."