COLAC’S Peter George says he is loving his first season with Colac Otway Rovers, despite hanging up the soccer boots almost two years ago.
The 38-year-old had not played since the Colac Otway Soccer Association folded but said he got the itch to return more than a month ago.
“I stopped playing about 18 months ago, but this year I watched a couple of the Rovers’ games and I got the bug again,” George said.
“They’re a good group of boys to get along with, I played against a lot of them in the Colac league so I’d had a lot of dealings with them before that,” he said.
George, who works at Colac’s Baker’s Delight, adds much-needed experience to coach David Latham’s young Rovers’ list.
He first took up the sport more than 20 years ago with the Tea Tree Gully Wanderers in South Australia.
“My dad used to play so I’ve always had a passion for soccer,” the Manchester City fan said.
“I played when I was a lot younger around 16 or 17 and then I stopped, Dave got me back into it about five or six years ago,” he said.
“It helps having more experience in the side, I suppose, to settle things down a bit and keep a cool head.”
George will play a big role in the Rovers’ chances on Sunday when the club chases its second win of the season against the ninth-placed Corio at Hume Reserve.
Defenders Adrian and Steven Ohrwalder-Lueders are set to return for the clash after being unavailable last round.
“We’ve taken it to a few of the bigger sides so I reckon we’re not far off another win,” George said.
“Just from watching in the first game, the growth in the side is great and the effort the boys are putting in – they’re not backing down and holding their heads high,” he said.