Gregg Anderson says he needed a new challenge after becoming a player-coach at Knaresborough Town writes Tom Feaheny.
Anderson joined having recently left Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Tadcaster Albion where he was an integral member in the NCEL title-winning season, scoring two goals along the way.
Speaking about the move to the NCEL Division One side, the defender can not wait to get started.
“I’m very pleased and excited to have joined the club as a player coach. It’s new challenge for me and one that I’m looking forward to.”
“I’m at the time of my career where I needed something else, a new focus, something where I can still play football but also learn as I’m going, pick up things off both Paul’s, be a 3rd set of eyes for them, help them with training and give them my opinion on all football matters when they need it.”
Anderson joins a coaching staff he knows well, he says both Paul Stansfield and Paul Clayton are two people he has known for a while.
“I’ve know Stanny for years, since my days when I was 17 year old at Harrogate Railway. He’s a top bloke, very honest, he played the game as I do! He’s a winner and I’m looking forward to working with him.
“Paul Clayton I know well from when he was at Tadcaster and I’ve kept in touch with him in the last 12-14 months. He’s a very experience coach and he has his coaching badges so both guys will be great to learn off.”
On leaving Tadcaster Albion, Anderson admitted it was not an easy decision to make and he had plenty of good memories from his time there.
“It was a tough decision and they are a few reasons why I left Tadcaster. I felt I was only playing football for the money and that isn’t me. I wanted to wake up on match days and actually want to play rather than playing because someone is paying me. It’s an exciting new chapter for me in my career.
“I’ve made some good mates there and always enjoyed speaking to the fans after the game over a pint in the bar. The owners were a pleasure to work for and always treated me with respect.
“I’ve won quite a few things in my career so far, several league and county cups, winning NPL and FA Trophy with North Ferriby.
“Winning the NCEL Premier with Tadcaster will always be close to my heart. It’s so hard winning any league so I’ve been very lucky that I have a couple league winners medals to look at when ever I finish playing.”