Experienced winger Ricky Shakes has been speaking about his decision to resume playing at St Albans City.

The former Bolton Wanderers prospect, who has enjoyed notable non-league spells at Ebbsfleet United and Boreham Wood, linked up with his former Wood boss Ian Allinson just before Christmas.

It came a few months after he initially announced he was retiring.

Shakes told this site as part of an extended interview:

“At that point, I thought I’d be done altogether. I was expecting another baby at the time as well, so I was thinking ‘I’m just gonna finish up, I’ve got my two boys as well, so a chance to spend more time with them.’

“In the meantime, I managed to find a job delivering for Amazon, and I started liking it. I thought to myself ‘would I be going back into football?’ I had offers coming in, earlier on in May time, and I was just kindly rejecting them and saying ‘I’m happy where I’m at right now.’

“(Ian Allinson) gave me a quick phone call to find out what I was doing. He just said to me he needed someone with experience, ‘looking to get promoted this season’, and I just thought ‘why not?’ Help the boys out, and I’ve been in that situation in that league and been promoted twice, so I know what it takes.

“For him to ask me, it was an honour, and it feels good to be wanted at the same time.”

Read the full interview with Ricky here

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