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.”