Tam Hanlon

St Roch’s season ended a few weeks ago, with promotion being the buzz word around the Park. Before we lose that feeling and thoughts turn to next season, www.strochsfc.com caught up with rampaging full back Tam Hanlon, to get his views and thoughts on the season that past.

“The seasons been great. It’s what I came to St Roch’s for obviously. Our aim was to win the league but it wasn’t to be for us, however, to gain promotion into the Super First, I am sure the supporters would have taken that at the start of the season.”

“On a personal point, I’ve loved being part of this team and to be in the running for the Player of the Year, it’s great, but I’d gladly swap it for a league winners medal.”

“Dropping down the divisions was no big deal to me it’s where I started in the juniors and yes, I had a few offers to stay in the top leagues but once I’d spoken to Andy (Cameron) & Stevie (Rankin), there was only really one place i was going. Personally I don’t think there’s that much between the leagues,until you get to the Super Premier, then it’s a step up but we proved down at Talbot earlier this season that we could compete at that level.”

“Age is only a number I’ve always looked after myself fitness wise, that’s why I am probably still playing but having spoke to people I’ve played with and under, they always say to me to play as long as your body allows you and ultimately, you’ll know yourself when it’s time to hang the boots up, so I’ll be giving it another go this season with St Roch’s but that maybe change during pre season running ha ha.”

“Honestly coaching or management is not something I’ve thought about yet, I am still enjoying playing too much.”

“Yeah, of course it was a disappointment to come so close to winning the league but that’s football for you we had enough chances to clinch the league by ourselves throughout the season we shouldn’t have to rely on another team trying to do that for us.”

“The strength of this team was the boys didn’t know when they were beaten. The amount of times we came back from losing positions to get a victory or a draw was unreal and that, ultimately, got us promotion in the end up.”

“The wee spat with the fan was nothing new for me ha ha, everywhere I go I get abuse. He had his opinion of me that day and that’s fine, it didn’t bother me one bit. He apologised soon after it and it’s been forgot about. The fans have been fantastic with me was made very welcome as soon as I arrived, not only me but the full team the backing they have giving us coming in there numbers to home and away games has been unreal, You would only get that from certain teams in the Super Premier. Hopefully will be the same again next season, it certainly helps when your playing knowing that they are behind us.”

“Now that the season is done, i’m going to enjoy the longest break I’ve had since a started playing junior football. I’m going away with the family for a couple of weeks to Greece and i’ll enjoy a small refreshment or two and then it’s back into training for the new season”

Thanks Tam and enjoy your holiday.

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