At first glance you would be hard pushed to find a connection between Wealdstone’s Tom Pett and 80s Punk band The Clash.
However, the latter’s 1981 cult classic Should I Stay or Should I Go perfectly sums up the dilemma facing Stones’ diminutive winger as he ponders the next move in a blossoming career.
Pett’s midfield wizardry in Wealdstone’s title-winning season has seen him watched by a host of club’s from further up football’s pyramid with League Two sides Stevenage and Luton believed to be the latest courting the 22-year-old’s signature.
He admits it is a quandary further complicated by Wealdstone’s promotion to the Conference South and the fact he still has a year to go in his university studies.
Pett said: “This is a club which is going forward and I’d love to be part of that, but at the same time I want to progress my own career and as most people know there are a couple of League Two sides sniffing around and a few Conference Premier ones as well
“Us going up has made a massive difference because if we had stayed in the Ryman Premier and not gone up it would have been a huge disappointment.
“Speaking on behalf of most of our players, they want to play as high as they can and if we had not gone up most of them would have got offered Conference Premier football and it is hard to turn that down.
“But I have got to take into context how much game time I’ll have. I don’t want to go to a club and sit on the bench all season I want to play football, so we’ll see what happens.”
Pett’s situation is further complicated by his girlfriend, ex-Arsenal and Scottish international Kim Little, who is currently plying her trade across the Atlantic in America’s National Women’s Soccer League.
Consequently, some of Pett’s ponderings will take place on a visit stateside shortly, though he admits he is unlikely to make that move permanent.
He said: “America is a big pull for me, but as much as I’d love to play and live over there I’ve got to be realistic. “I’ve got university studies to finish over here so at the moment my plans are to stay in England and do that, but I’m going over to America soon so I’ll probably train with a few teams over there and see what it is like.”
The smart money says Pett will be on his way this summer but he’ll always be grateful to Stones for bringing him to a day he never thought he would see – especially after a tough debut just over two years ago.
He added: “I remember playing my first game away at Lowestoft. I came on with about half an hour left and remember leaving the pitch thinking: ‘Oh my god I’m not going to be able to do this.’
“The difference was massive, but now I feel I need to make that next step up.”