Rogers commits to Willand stay
MIDFIELDER Scott Rogers has boosted Willand Rovers' chances of survival after announcing his intention to remain at the club until 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 the club, 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 have told them I'm staying," said Rogers, who has also had spells with Forest Green Rovers and Newport County.
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"I had a good chat with Martyn Rogers (uncle and current Taunton Town assistant manager) because he wanted me to play for him up at Taunton.
"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 current season.
"I played for Taunton the other night and by the time I got back it was late and I was knackered."
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 Rovers' current situation – which sees them five places and 12 points off bottom spot – Rogers is adamant Rovers 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.
"They have worked so hard over the years that it would be a shame to go down because of one bad season.
"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."