Bettinelli's Darts Joy

Tuesday 26 March 2013 09:00

Marcus Bettinelli was full of praise for Dartford after concluding his loan deal with the Blue Square Bet Premier side.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper enjoyed a fruitful spell in Kent, making 35 appearances after quickly establishing himself as first choice, and the young stopper had only good things to say about the club.

“I really enjoyed it,” he told “It was my first real experience of going out on loan and I really enjoyed my time there. The lads and the coaching staff were brilliant, and the fans were great and I can only look back with happy views.

“At the start of the season if you were to say to me that I was going to go and play nearly 40 games in the Conference, and stay injury free, then I would have snatched your hand off in an instant.

“[Dartford manager] Tony Burman has been great; he took a chance on me at the start of the season and luckily enough we did pretty well. It was a great experience and it worked out well for all parties.

“I managed to keep quite a few clean sheets and our form against the top five or six was really good. There were a lot of moments when we weren’t expected to get anything out of the game but we ended up coming away with the win – against Wrexham and Grimsby Town, for instance.

“So there were a few highlights but, personally, for me my best one was probably Luton Town at their ground when we beat them 2-0. I had quite a good game and we were solid at the back and it was just a great day for everyone involved.”

Now back at Motspur Park, Bettinelli is looking forward to absorbing what he can from the Fulham staff, before potentially heading back out on loan to a side in the npower Football League.

“Ideally I would like to try and get out to League Two or League One and hopefully make my league debut before the end of the season,” he explained. “Whether that’s going to happen or not is out of my hands but I’d like to do that. I’m back at Fulham now so I’m looking forward to training with the First Team and learning from Mark Schwarzer and Hans Segers.

“Mark’s a class above the rest and he really is the perfect role model to learn from. He’s so professional in everything that he does on and off the pitch. He’s always in the gym and you can learn so much from him, even if you’re only training with him for one session. He helps you out, he’s always got time for you. He always wants to try and make you a better goalie and give you everything that he can.

“Hans is really good as well in terms of the coaching side and [Goalkeeping Coach] Martin Brennan’s also been a huge influence this season on me, taking me under his wing and coming to a lot of the Dartford games.

“David Stockdale rings me a lot of the time to ask how I’m getting on so they’re all brilliant and they’ve all got their individual qualities that you can learn from and take into your own game.”

Photos courtesy of (c) 2013 Carol White-Griffiths,