Popular right back Sam Hill is leaving Tuffley Rovers, he announced last night, to take up a new job in Dubai teaching English and PE.
Hill, 27, confirmed the news after Tuffley hosted their annual end of season awards ceremony on Zoom, where Hill was named as Club Man of the Year.
During the 2019/20 season he took on numerous extra responsibilities at the club, including helping Ken Blackburn and Rich Cox in the Under 18s set-up at Glevum Park.
Hill took time to Neil Spiller at Tuffley – who will step down as Football Chair but continue as Football Secretary – when accepting his award and also announcing the news on Twitter last night.
Lockdown has been rough but this recognition has made me happy beyond belief! Thanks to Pritch for taking a gamble on a very average player and thanks to the boys especially: Macca, Warren, Birdy, Coxy, Brett & many more for becoming such great mates!
— Mr Hill (@mrhillteach) May 30, 2020
Severn Sport Head of Programming Ryan Butler is extremely sad that his self-proclaimed ‘favourite right back’ is off to pastures new, but was full of well wishes for someone who has been so supportive of him.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam for his help and support for both Kelsey and I over the years” he said. “From driving me to some games when Kelsey was working, to having long discussions about football and life he has become a good friend as well!
“When we first started covering Tuffley U18s he helped me in the way I now watch those games and look at player development and that sums up the love for the game he has, from the club to teammates and to the youngsters coming through.
“He will be missed both on and off the pitch by everyone, but if he is ever back in the country and fancies commentating then we will have a microphone at the ready!”
Everyone at Severn Sport would like to extend our thanks to Sam for the support he has given us in the past and wish him all the very best for his new job!