Published: 00:00, 26 January 2018 |
Ronnie Vint feels he has won over his critics and banished self-doubt after reaching a century of starts for Dartford.
The 21-year-old was picked for the 100th time in senior football when Darts travelled to Chippenham on Saturday.
But Vint, who was injured on the first day of the season, had to wait for his recall as Tom Bonner and Richard Sho-Silva formed a strong centre-half partnership in his absence.
He said: “It was one of the toughest stages I’ve had in my career. There were times when I was sitting out, thinking ‘what am I doing wrong?’.
“There was a chance at Weston but I went there and didn’t take it. I had a second chance and since then, I feel I have taken it.
“We’ve got a great squad this season and I welcome competition.”
Vint has been a regular at the back since breaking into the first team in 2015/16.
But he said: “This is the first season I’ve had people say ‘maybe he’s not good enough’ and you do look at yourself.
“It is tough but the only way to get through it is to put performances in when you get the chance.
“I’ve played the last 15 games on the spin, I’m feeling fit and like I’m getting back to my best.
“Having come through the academy system, playing 100 games is a good achievement. It’s still the early stages of my career so I’ve got to that milestone quite early.
“This is the best squad I’ve known at the club and I want to win the league. My mentality has changed massively this season.
“I want to be playing as high as I can and I won’t stop until I’m doing that.”
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