Cousins raring for return

PAUL Cousins is embarking on his third spell with Wisbech Town and cannot wait to pull on the red shirt again at Felixstowe this weekend.

The former Fenmen skipper signed again last week from Ridgeons League leaders Wroxham after admitting he was close to quitting the game.

In an exclusive interview Cousins told the Fenland Citizen: “I was just not enjoying the game any more and felt I would be better off quitting.

“Some players might have been just happy to keep on picking up the money for another 12 or so games and then possibly a league winner’s medal but I am not like that and felt I just could not continue.

“I spoke to Steve Appleby and he said if I packed up it would be difficult to start again. I have always been a Wisbech fan at heart and was back at the ground supporting them at last week’s Vase game so once he offered me the chance to come back I took it.”

Cousins, who has played over 600 Ridgeons League games after spells with March Town, Wisbech, Dereham and Wroxham, also admitted: “I would have liked to have come back after leaving King’s Lynn earlier this season but after speaking with Steve felt perhaps the time was not right. It was just too soon after only leaving in the summer.

“A lot of the things said about me leaving Wisbech for Lynn were not true. I spoke to Steve personally about it then but that is all in the past now.

“I am just happy to be back at the club and helping them collect more success this season after lifting the Ridgeons League Cup at the end of last season.

“I played for Wroxham against Wisbech at Christmas and I think Wisbech could easily have had a draw that day – they really pushed us.

“There is no reason why Wisbech cannot win promotion this season and even challenge for the title and my aim is help them achieve that.”

Cousins turned out for Wisbech Reserves in the 5-0 defeat at Sawston on Saturday and Appleby will decide later this week if he gets a starting place.

Appleby said: “He will be in the squad at Felixstowe and I might give Anthony Reeve a rest with his groin but I will decide after training.”

It is expected that Scott Johnson will continue as skipper and Appleby added: “You cannot have enough captains on the pitch and Paul’s presence will help in this way. But for the moment Scott will continue with the armband.

“We need to start picking up a good run of results in the league now after our Vase defeat as there is still a lot to play for this season with a chance of promotion and a place in the County Cup semi-finals against Soham.”