Popular centre-back Rob Stapleton is delighted to be back at Perranporth AFC and considers the club to be in with a great chance of finishing in the top four.
Stapleton was a member of the Perran squad managed by Ian Gosling and Rusty Rowson having followed the coaches from Truro City to Ponsmere Valley in 2008.
After spending two successful seasons with the club, winning the Cornwall Combination League and South West Peninsula Division One West Championship, he stepped up to the Premier Division with AFC St. Austell during their debut season before turning out for Penzance AFC during 2011-12.
Stapleton was made Captain upon his return and was delighted to reunite with old friend Dean Harris who he has played alongside, on and off, for 17 years having met whilst at Threemilestone U13's
The 29-year-old is thrilled with the way the club is being run on the pitch and in the community and is hopeful that the solid base will bear advantages in the long-run.
He said: “The club is standing on its own two feet and not allowing one person to provide and control things. This has to be a good move for them and one which will stand them in good stead for the future.
“It's sad to see clubs up and down the County from different sports struggling week in week out and just trying to stay alive! Perranporth's move not to pay players and to put all monies raised back into a local charity, I think is fantastic. The FA should reward clubs with this type of ambition, not with money but perhaps with training equipment and pitch improvements.”
Perranporth sit in a respectable seventh place with 16 points from ten games. The team has been somewhat inconsistent so far but that is to be expected while in transition, Stapleton knows that the side still have some way to go but are more than capable of finishing in the top four. “I think we'll do well this season; a top 4 finish would be fair. A lot of the teams above us have been established for a few seasons now, while we're still getting to know how each other plays. “We're a young side as well - apart from Deano, Butch (Andy Butcher) and myself - most of the lads are in their late teens!”
Perranporth play hosts to Foxhole Stars this coming Saturday in the Cornwall Charity Cup, before returning to League duty with a visit to Wadebridge Town on the 10th November.
By Tom Howe