Kristian Rogers added another club to his extensive CV, when Afan Lido became the latest club to secure the services of the thirty two year old earlier this month, and Welsh Premier League reporter Robert Clement caught up with him recently.
Rogers made his belated-Lido debut against Llanelli on Saturday, having last played in the top-flight for near neighbours Port Talbot Town in their final fixture against Carmarthen last April.
Since he was released by the Steelemen though, Rogers has had limited involvement in his much loved game and asked if he was a bit surprised to come to Afan Lido, the Chester-born 'keeper replied;
“I suppose so, yes, but I’m just happy to be back playing football really; I did a friend a favour six weeks ago when I played for Conwy Borough up at TNS in the Welsh Cup, I really enjoyed it and realised I missed it”.
“It was through Martin Rose that the club got in contact with me, and I spoke to Paul Reid with him realising that I was available and now I’ve come here and it’s great. I know a lot of the lads here and it’s a nice little set-up, and hopefully the results can improve, then obviously we should be doing a lot better”.
I know a lot of the lads here and it’s a nice little set-up, and hopefully the results can improve, then obviously we should be doing a lot better
Rogers responded to his disappointment, of his debut appearance for the Seasider’s against one of his former clubs failing to materialise last week, due to the adverse weather conditions.
“Yes, that’s right, Airbus away, unfortunately the game was called off, and we’ve just found out that the game is not now in midweek but re-arranged for the first Saturday in February, so it’s slightly frustrating, but obviously there’s nothing we can do about that”.
"They've had a very good result today, 6-1 away at Prestatyn, so hopefully when we go there we’ll show a little bit more desire and a little more quality in the final third. Defensively I thought we were good today just that little bit of killer instinct was missing, so hopefully we should be able to hold our own up there at least."
Rogers added. “It was only a single goal that separated us from Llanelli; obviously Luke Bowen is a good player and if you give these lads any chance in the penalty area, nine times out of ten they’re going to take them, and to be fair it was the only chance in the game really, and he took it very well”.
He then remarked about confronting a number of familiar faces in the match.
“It was a bit frustrating because I know them all as well, but it was nice to play against Martin Rose and Luke Bowen and a lot of the other players, I think we all know each other in the Premier League, with us having been here for a good number of seasons”.
Asked if he was hopefully going to be wearing the No 1 jersey for the rest of the season he said, “Fingers crossed, if Paul Reid wants’ me to stay, that’s no problem and I’m more than happy”.
“I’ve got good memories of coming to Afan Lido; with it being ten years ago when I was with Wrexham; we played in the FAW Premier Cup, I was in the squad, but Andy Dibble was in goal for that game which we won 4-0, with Andy Morrell grabbing a hat-trick”.
Rogers then looked back at one of his best footballing memories and added; "One of the best games I've played in was an FA Cup third round tie, when I was with Northwich Victoria in January 2006. Unfortunately we lost 3-0 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in front of nearly 20,000, with over 3,000 supporters travelling from Cheshire."