The Gaffer Rudy Funk is “really excited about this new beginning” at the Cobras – with the Armthorpe Welfare game cancelled, Funk’s first game in charge is against local rivals Teversal. As the game was cancelled, the management team ran a training session as a “chance to get to know each other better” which has been crucial for The management team in assembling a squad together. New signings, Sam O’ Malley & Jason White trained for the first time with the squad. Assistant Manager, Graeme Rodger hailed the players mentality and “working hard in freezing conditions”.
Experienced Jason White, who signed from local rivals AFC Mansfield, hailed the professionalism of the club and credits The gaffer for his “winning mentality” which was a massive attraction to the Cobras. White was recently with AFC Mansfield where he played under The Funk regeime, but has also been with Shirebrook Town in recent seasons. White’s crucial experience will be massive in lifting the Cobras up the table. The gaffer stated the club needs “experienced players” and sent a “gracious thank you” to Selby Town and AFC Mansfield for being “great in letting the transfers go ahead”. Rudy Funk has also brought Sam O’Malley from Selby Town, Sam played under Rudy at AFC Mansfield and Scarborough Athletic and joins Rudy at the Cobras. O’Malley will be an influential member in the dressing room and on the pitch which the Cobras have lacked in parts this season. The gaffer also brought in prolific striker Cameron Dear from neighbours AFC Mansfield, Dear played under Funk at AFC Mansfield and joins White and O’Malley in joining Clipstone.
Cobras’ captain, Jason Foster commended the training sessions as a “great opportunity to get to know each other better” and understand the Gaffers “methods”. Foster emphasised the importance on getting plenty of points in December and said its a “great opportunity to get the gaffers reign off to a great start”.
After being out the game for sometime, Funk said the time out of the game was “tough” but is “keen to help managers and coaches out the game”. Both Funk and Rodger emphasised the importance of getting the local community involved and on board. Funk admires the Clubs ambitions to become a “community club”. The gaffer stated that “football is like a tool” and says it gives “you the opportunity to strive”.
Funk’s first game in charge of the Cobras is Teversal FC (Away) next Saturday! And we’re looking to break this years “home gate record” at the “new look“ teams home debut in our biggest local derby against Rainworth MW on Tuesday 28th December 3pm at the Lido Ground. Put the date in your diary and let’s get behind the Gaffer in his first home game.