Yeovil Town promotion bid is top priority for Kevin Dawson
Midfielder Kevin Dawson is refusing to get carried away with his future beyond the end of the season as he concentrates on keeping Yeovil Town in the top six.
The Irishman joined childhood friend Paddy Madden at Huish Park in January on a deal until the end of the season and has gone on to start the Glovers’ last eight games.
However, he and fellow impressive wide-man Sam Foley could leave the club for free in the summer with the Western Gazette understanding that neither player has started talks about the new season.
Despite Dawson’s uncertain future, he said he was fully-focused on enjoying the here and now as Yeovil aim to achieve at least a play-off place in npower League One.
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“To be honest I’m really enjoying it, I want to keep doing the best for the club and take one game at a time,” said Dawson, brother of Barnsley’s Stephen. “I don’t want to look beyond that.”
Both Dawson and Madden have taken little time to settle into life in South Somerset, with the striker creating club history at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday by becoming the first Yeovil player to net in eight consecutive games.
The strike was Madden’s 18th in Yeovil colours and Dawson said the purple patch came as no surprise as his team-mate channels frustrations from a tough 18 months at Carlisle United into scintillating form.
Dawson, who grew up streets away from Madden, said: “He did it playing under-16s for Bohemians (in Ireland) before he turned professional and that was when he got his name about.
“He scored 50 in 23 games whilst still at school, or something crazy like that. But this is the first time he has really banged them in.
“He’s always been like that, when he’s confident he is hard to stop. He’s surprisingly very down to earth and grounded at the minute. He’s so determined, especially after the spell at Carlisle. He wants this to keep going as long as possible. He’s really grounded and hungry to keep going.”
Former Sporting Fingal and Shelbourne man Dawson described life since his switch from Ireland as “unbelievable”, hailing his family’s efforts to watch him in action, having regularly crossed the sea to watch Stephen in recent years.
He said: “They have been going back and forth to my brother for the last ten years so I think it’s only fair that they come to see me. It’s great to have my family flying back and forth to help me.
“Things are going really well at the minute. The boys are just playing really well, everyone is working as hard as they can and it is all falling into place. Hopefully we can keep it going for as long as possible.
“It’s been unbelievable to be honest, everything’s going so well. We need to keep our feet on the ground, work as hard as we can, take one game at a time and keep going.
“There’s no point thinking what could happen as you could get caught up in it. We are just taking one step at a time, just thinking about the next 90 minutes. Eventually you might just look down and see where you are.
“Everyone is enjoying their football and all just really looking forward to that next game.”