“The club means a lot to me” says Herbert after rejecting Southern League offers to stay at Tuffley Rovers

Tuffley Rovers captain Macaulay Herbert has signed for the 2020/21 season after rejecting approaches to step up into the Southern League.

Herbert, 25, was named First Team captain ahead of the 2019/20 season having been at the club since he was a child and he admits that it was the love of the club that made the decision an easy one.

“It was an easy decision for me,” said Herbert. “The club means a lot to me and after speaking with Pritch [Manager Mark Pritchett] and Coxy [Assistant Manager Rich Cox} I’m really excited about this season.

It’s great having interest and being given the opportunity to play higher but right now I don’t feel the time is right.

I also want to shout out Sam Hill who is unfortunately leaving to move to Dubai. He’ll be a massive loss on and off the pitch but hes given me great advice over the years and done the same this year,” Herbert added.

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The centre back stayed injury free during the 2019/20 season and was an ever present in the Hellenic Premier for Rovers before the season was suspended back in March, but Herbert admits he is only looking forward and ahead to a tough new season at Glevum Park.

“It did play in my mind a bit [having his first season as captain suspended] but the plans for the season excited me, we’ve got a strong squad who I believe can compete with the big teams.

The lads have been brilliant. We have a great squad this year and you can tell the players are working hard for their places. We look sharp and we’re buzzing to get started,” added the Tuffley man.

Tuffley’s 2019/20 season ended with the Gloucester-based side hitting a purple patch in the league and were still in both the Hellenic League Challenge Cup and the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup and Herbert believes there is no reason his side can’t replicate their form from the start of 2020.

“I believe we have the squad to be a top 8 team this season, providing we start the season positively.

We always seem to have a better second half of the season where we pick up the majority of our points. If we can replicate that in the first half we’ll be fine. And from a personal perspective, I only missed one game last season and played every league game so I want to continue on where I left off,” added Herbert.

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