Date Posted: 14/06/2016
Sam Cochrane has decided to step down as Club Captain. Cochrane was the first player to sign for Guernsey Football Club back in 2011 and has captained the side throughout.
Cochrane has informed his teammates of his decision telling them:
"There is no doubt this is the right time for someone else to take on the challenge and drive the team and club forward.”
Over the last decade Cochrane has captained, Bels, North and the GFA representative side, including representing England at the Uefa Regions’ Cup.
Cochrane told GuernseyFc.com: "I have carried captaincy wholeheartedly for over 10 years. The way I do things means I carry the responsibility both on and off the pitch, in many ways. It's time for me to close the door on this fantastic period of my playing career."
"I have no regrets, just a huge amount of satisfaction and pride. I'm immensely proud to have led Guernsey football for so many years as a captain. I can't thank my family enough for their support in allowing me to follow my sporting ambitions. Now I can focus on contributing as a player, knowing I’ve made the right decision. At times the pressure of captaining the club has been the reason for my availability for fixtures when my body and mind have not been ready. My contribution going forward will be better planned to hopefully maximise the attributes I bring to the group."
Speaking to GuernseyFc.com shorty after Cochrane informed his teammates of his decision Manager Tony Vance said "I totally honour and respect how Sam has led the team over this period. It is clear how proud he was to be captain and he fulfilled the role to an optimum level. I would like to thank him for his significant efforts and look forward to see him continue to apply himself for the good of the team going forward. Whilst he will no longer wear the armband for us, I don't believe his attitude and commitment will change."
Vance and his coaching team will announce a new captain in due course.
More to follow.