John Terry: Fishing makes me a better player for England and Chelsea
Published 21:52 24/10/09 By By Paul Smith
John Terry has revealed how fishing enables him to relax and escape the demands and pressures of leading club and country.
The Chelsea and England skipper admits that he frequently disappears for hours on end on his angling mission.
Terry said: “I really got into fishing when I was younger and would spend hours attempting to make the elusive big catch.
“Obviously it’s more difficult to find the time these days but when I get a quiet moment I tend to go off, rod in hand.
“I can sit there for hours, turn my mobile off and watch the world go by. I also have a great laugh and often go with Bobby Zamora from Fulham.
“My biggest catch is a 28lb carp, but over the years I’ve landed a few decent size fish.”
Terry added: “I find when you’re fishing you can escape reality and the pressures of life.
“I think it helps to have other interests and fishing in a way is like therapy to me.
“There is so much pressure in the game these days that you need to find time to shut off completely.
“Most of the time I’m in and around football, but I find that when I do go fishing it makes for a refreshing change from my usual environment.
“And there are moments when I sit there and think, ‘This is the life’.
“It can be quite addictive, though, and as days off are so rare I probably don’t go fishing as much as I like.
“To be honest, I really enjoy night fishing and although I go occasionally my career doesn’t allow me to indulge in it as often as I would like.
“Sometimes I even take my twins with me – Summer-Rose and Georgie-John, who are fast approaching three-and-a-half years of age.
“They even have their own rods, so I’m starting to indulge them in the sport at a very early age.
“And occasionally I do get a lift across the training pitches at Cobham and go fishing with the kit men Mick Roberts and Terry Ellis on the banks of the River Mole.
“Fishing can also be quite competitive and as I’m a sore loser I’ll sit there for hours if I don’t get a good catch.
“I have always said that it is good to have interests away from football.
“Obviously, being very sportingly competitive I tend to draw inspiration from sports other than football.
“But it’s all relative at the end of the day. I have always been driven by a winning mentality and no matter what I’m doing I always want to come first.
“It’s the same at the training ground, whether we are playing five-a-side games or having a game of pool or darts. I just want to win no matter what.
“Obviously this is going to be a big year for me in football and I will always embrace anything that gives me an extra edge and helps me on the field.”