Martyn Waghorn: non-league hard work will not help Manchester United’s Jamie Vardy

Martyn Waghorn, who scored 20 goals in 25 league starts during a season at Old Trafford in 2011, is now back in Nottingham, discussing his own role as a non-league player.

Waghorn joined Notts County from Barnsley during the 2011-12 season and enjoyed a prolific spell on loan for Peterborough, scoring 25 goals in 38 games.

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Waghorn can be seen in an interview on the club’s website explaining how far he has come since leaving United, but also how hard it is still to break into a top-flight team. “I went on loan to Peterborough, where I scored almost 50 goals in one season and just doing well every week and the next season I went on loan again to Preston and I scored 25 goals,” he said.

“I went on loan to Carlisle [and], on and off, I was pretty busy. By the end of the season I’d scored a few more goals than the previous season and I was pretty much trying to find another club.

“But one thing I’ve always heard over the years is that the Premier League is never easy. And on a personal level, you just want to get as many games as you can and as many goals as you can.”

Waghorn, now in his fifth year as a player, said his advice to anyone in a similar situation was to keep playing non-league. “I really enjoyed my time at Peterborough. I still speak to people at the club,” he said. “When you are at a big club like Leeds United or Manchester United it is all about playing in big games. When you are in non-league or a lower division it’s the same.

“As soon as a team drops into League Two or League One the bubble will burst and it will be quite different. It’s about playing for other clubs and being a part of a successful non-league team, rather than trying to get up a level.”

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