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Midfielder Rogers extends Willand stay

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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WILLAND Rovers have received a late Christmas present after learning that midfielder Scott Rogers will stay at the club until at least the end of the season.

The former Tiverton Town midfielder came to Silver Street in late November along with Steve Orchard and has made an immediate impact, helping Rovers win all three league games since his arrival.

No length was initially put on Rogers' stay at Willand – who were due to play at Buckland Athletic last night (Wednesday) – but a desire to spend more time with his family has seen him commit to the club until the end of the season at the very least.

"I know Willand have been looking to sign a few players and I thought it wasn't fair to mess them about if they didn't know what my plans were, so I've told them I'm staying," said Rogers.

"The thing is though, I have a young daughter and I have been travelling around all over the place to play football recently.

"This time, I just thought I'd rather just play locally and enjoy myself for a bit, at least until the end of the season."

Regarding the possibility of staying at Silver Street beyond the current campaign, Rogers continued: "I am losing a bit of money when I could be playing at a higher level, so I will look at things at the end of the season.

"That makes it sound like I am in it for the money, which isn't the case at all, but I do own a small tiling company with a few members of staff and they have to get paid from somewhere."

Turning his attentions to Willand their current situation, Rogers is adamant Rovers – who host Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday – will avoid relegation providing their high levels of committment remain.

"So long as we carry on giving 100 per cent then I am sure we will be fine until the end of the season," he said.

"Philip Saunders Building Contractors have pledged to put some money to fund a new striker too, which is great to see and will help the club too."

Elmore boss Pete Buckingham has already started planning for next season's potential bow in the South West Peninsula League.

The Eagles are enduring a tough 2012/13 campaign, which could be their last in the Western League.

"I am quietly planning for next season already. We are looking at what players we have got and those we will be able to bring in," he said. "It is going to be easier for us because a lot of our players are based south of here so we can pick them up on our way to games.

"I know for sure that I'll be strengthening the team because more players will be available to play for us. In the meantime we just have to roll our sleeves up and pull together if we want to haul ourselves up the table."

The Eagles were due to visit Hengrove Athletic on Saturday, only to have it postponed. They were set to host Chard Town yesterday (Wednesday) and Portishead Town on Saturday.

One bright spot for Elmore has been the re-signing of striker James Blake.

"James has been a massive boost. He scored on his debut and has been excellent," said Buckingham.

"Taunton told him he could start but he gave his word to play for me and he stuck by it."

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