AL­FIE GETS HIS RE­WARD

Foot­ball’s all that mat­ters for May

The Football League Paper - - WHERE ARE THEY NOW? - By Matt Bad­cock

AL­FIE MAY achiev­ing his pro­fes­sional dream was never in doubt ac­cord­ing to his Hythe Town boss Clive Cook – the striker even wanted to play foot­ball on their end of sea­son trip to Ibiza!

May, 23, has signed a two-and-ahalf year deal with League Two side Don­caster Rovers for an undis­closed fee af­ter scor­ing 49 goals in 67 ap­pear­ances for the Ry­man Di­vi­sion One South Can­nons. Scouts have been flock­ing to Kent to watch the former Erith & Belvedere front man, who has had tri­als at Crewe, Gilling­ham and Steve­nage.

But it’s Dar­ren Fer­gu­son’s side who have won the race and boss Cook is con­fi­dent this is just the start of his story.

Ded­i­cated

“It’s fan­tas­tic for him,” Cook told The FLP. “When I was as­sis­tant man­ager I’d al­ways kept an eye on him. About three years ago I was talk­ing to him on so­cial me­dia and I said, ‘If I ever get a job, you’re my first sign­ing’.

“Frankie Sawyer ac­tu­ally was in the end, but Al­fie signed the next day so he was one of the first. He’s very ded­i­cated and sure of what he wants.

“The tal­ent he has is un­be­liev- able. He never stops think­ing, eat­ing, drink­ing, liv­ing foot­ball. Even when we went on our end of sea­son trip to Ibiza all he wanted to do was play foot­ball, would you be­lieve. He lives it. He’s a bril­liant lad and I’m chuffed for him.

“There were so many clubs look­ing at him, it was silly. We went to a game on a freez­ing cold Tues­day night that had 48 peo­ple there – I think 20 of them were scouts!

“I’ll be very proud when I see him walk on that pitch for Don­caster. He’s a credit to his fam­ily and him­self.”

Cook, whose side are in the pro­mo­tion-chas­ing pack, be­lieves there is plenty more tal­ent ca­pa­ble of fol­low­ing May into the League.

“You set out at the start of the sea­son, ev­ery­one does, think­ing, ‘I won­der’,” Cook said. “Half of you says, ‘Yes, they should be look­ing,’ and the other half thinks they will be look­ing higher. But there are some very good play­ers at this level, very good.

Im­pres­sion

“Don­caster took time out to look and there are plenty of play­ers at this level who can go higher. Don­caster have been fan­tas­tic. They treated us as a foot­ball club and fit­ted in with what we wanted as we did with what they wanted.

“That’s the good thing about Dar­ren Fer­gu­son. He saw Non­League play­ers at Peter­bor­ough. He looked af­ter Al­fie so well when he went up there. They had a big im­pres­sion on each other. I know Al­fie will do well.”

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