Hancock Focused On Athersley Despite League Interest

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Athersley Recreation striker Kai Hancock says he just wants to continue helping the side despite interest from League clubs.

The forward scored his 30th goal of the season in mid-week after hitting a double in a 3-0 victory over Worksop Town. He said he’s pleased with what he and the team are doing.

“It is a massive achievement for me to hit 30 goals in one season. At the beginning, I set myself a target of 15 with it been my first full season in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League. To say I’ve doubled it with a few games to play is overwhelming.

I put it down to the side because they are on a good run and it’s not for the first time this year. We have a strong squad and it’s very competitive for places, no-ones place is safe not even mine. I think the reason we are doing so well is because we all want to play for each other there is no individuals in the team. We have become a family.”

During this season Hancock has already trained with several Football League sides. He spoke about his experiences so far.

“As people are aware I’ve trained with Barnsley and Rotherham this season and trained a day with Doncaster Rovers Academy but I had to cut it short as I didn’t feel well on the first day. It was a surreal opportunity for me and it still hasn’t sunk in properly yet. I have dreamed of been a pro since I was big enough to kick a ball and will not stop dreaming of it.

My best time was at Rotherham from a personal point of view I trained with their first and didn’t feel out of place one bit. But being in a changing room with some of the Barnsley players I used to sit in the stand and watch with my father was an amazing experience and I would do anything to do it full time.”

With six games of the season to go and Recreation unable to trouble top spot, Hancock says he still has some targets in mind.

“My main priority now is to finish as high as we can. I’m happy with the number of goals I’ve got, it would be nice to add a few more. But I’d rather we have a higher finish in the league rather than score more goals.

There is no “I” in team and I couldn’t have done it without the other 16 lads, managers, fitness coach, physio, volunteers etc.… Also my family as played a big part in it to and I would like to thank them for everything.”

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I work as a freelance journalist for The Non-League Paper, Yorkshire Evening Post, Yorkshire Post, North-West Evening Mail and others, based in Yorkshire, I am always at a game on a Tuesday and Saturday when the season is on, I started following non-league at the age of 10 and have been hooked ever since.

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