Former Aldershot Town and Maidstone United goalkeeper Jake Cole says he was “impressed with the ambition of the club” after joining National League North side, Gloucester City.
The Tigers confirmed the signing of the former QPR and Plymouth Argyle man and confirmed that he was also taking up the role of First Team Coach, alongside signing on as a player too.
Cole, 34, spoke to Severn Sport about the move and says he is looking forward to getting started in a new role.
“The coaching role is new to me but I am looking forward to it. I have always wanted to go into it – especially once I had completely finished football. I have been coaching goalkeeping with U15s on a Wednesday night and have enjoyed it, so I’m very excited to take on the new role with City,” Cole said.
“I’ve worked with James [Gloucester City manager James Rowe] at Aldershot for three years or so and he called me to check my availability and I liked the idea. I know a number of the players like Fabs [Fabien Robert], Luke [Pennell], Bernard Mensah and Matty [Matt McClure], so after a number of calls with James the decision was easy,” added Cole.
The news of Cole’s signing comes within days of the news that fellow goalkeeper Niall Maher was staying at Gloucester and Cole believes that he can pass on his wealth of experience to the Republic of Ireland U17 and U19 International.
“I’m really looking forward to working closely with Niall. It will be good to help him out and pass on my knowledge during the season. Obviously the goalkeeper’s union will come in to play and hopefully working alongside him will help him progress as a player.”
Cole admitted that it was the off the field progression of Gloucester which helped him make the decision to join, including conversations with Chairman Alex Petheram and teammate Matt McClure.
“Matt McClure is one of my closest friends in football so I was aware of the club when he signed and I spoke to him after speaking to James and he told me what the club is like and what to expect.
James told me about the ambitions of the club and how well they are progressing off the pitch with the ground and it is all a positive sign. We want to now pull together and progress on the pitch!
I also spoke to the Chairman and he remembers me from my time at Plymouth, after seeing me a few times and it was great to chat with him about the project of Gloucester City and I am looking forward to getting started!” Cole said.
Cole joins former teammate Luke Pennell in signing for the club, with the later returning after initially signing for the Tigers back in January.
Following the news that Cole had signed for City, the club later announced on Monday evening that midfielder and England C International George Carline had signed on for the 2020/21 season from Solihull Moors.
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