It has been a busy few weeks for Tom Pett.
Wealdstone’s diminutive midfielder has not only been capped at England C level – in a David Beckham No 7 shirt to boot – he’s been left contemplating a long distance relationship following girlfriend, former Arsenal Ladies star Kim Little’s transfer across the pond to Seattle Reign FC.
He has also turned 22, not to mention grabbing his 10th goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Bognor on Saturday, form which is seeing him watched by the likes of Wycombe Wanderers, Swindon and clubs in the Conference National.
He got to keep his No 7 shirt for a souvenir, but has so far resisted his dad’s calls to frame it for posterity, planning instead to create some green-eyed monsters with it in the Stones’ dressing room.
He said: “It’s not every day you get to put an England shirt on and play with a number seven on your chest
“It was a proud moment and you never know what can happen from there I suppose. It was a good experience and one I’ll remember.
“We got to keep the kit. It could be a framing of the shirt job – that’s what my dad reckons anyway, but I want to wear it a couple of times and wind the boys up with it.
“I might get a few more of them yet – you never know.”
As for his ‘Little’ lady’s big news, Pett is relaxed about the Great Britain Olympian’s venture, suggesting it was in a sense overdue.
He said: “Kim has been looking to get a move for a couple of years and to go over to the US. I’m pleased for her.
“I’ve said ever since we have been together she needs to move abroad and go and test herself.
“I’ll go over there at the end of May for a little holiday which will be a free holiday for me so I’m looking forward to a perk of a long distance relationship.”
There is plenty to keep Pett focused back on this side of the pond with stones in the midst of a season-defining 10 games in 30 days, a schedule only slightly eased by the postponement of Tuesday night’s game at Lowestoft.
The respite gave Gordon Bartlett’s men a breather prior to Saturday’s massive home game with fellow title chasers Maidstone.
Stones have come up short of victory three times already this season against the men from Kent, drawing the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season before going out of the FA Trophy at their hands in a replay.
Pett believes his side have the quality and quantity of players for the tough schedule ahead.
He added: “We have a lot of games coming up but we’ve a good squad with a lot of players and I think that will show in the next half dozen games.”