Mayers heads to Coppull in 2012

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Kenny Mayers with his son, Bamber Bridge footballer Louis Mayers

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Kenny Mayers with his son, Bamber Bridge footballer Louis Mayers

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A FORMER Chorley FC legend is returning to the town to play in the West Lancashire Football League.

Striker Kenny Mayers is on the comeback trail after an operation to repair cartilage damage on his left knee.

The 41-year-old has decided to link up with Coppull United in 2012, and he has no ambitions to hang up his boots just yet.

He said: “I have known the manager Dave Haughton for some time, and he asked me to come down and play a few games just to boost my fitness. I am still at Squires Gate in the North West Counties League, so I want to play a few games so I can return there.

“It is an ideal situation for me, because they are a local club and I know the West Lancashire Football League from my time at Charnock Richard.

“I think that I have a lot to offer the club, because they have some young lads, and I can pass on a bit of my experience to them. If all goes well, then I might decide to return there next season.”

Mayers added that it is 22 years since he had an operation on his knee, and believes he has good value out of it.

He said: “They say that you are a long time out of the game, and that is why I want to get my fitness back. I have been an assistant boss at Clitheroe and know that coaching is always an option, but I am keen to keep playing as long as possible.”

Kenny’s son Louis, who last season followed in dad’s footsteps by pulling on the shirt of Bamber Bridge, is also at Squires Gate.

Kenny is looking forward to heading back to Victory Park on Boxing Day to watch two of his former clubs when Chorley do battle with Kendal Town.

He says that he has been impressed by Garry Flitcroft’s side.

“They have been going really well but it is a bit of a shame about what has gone on with the financial side.”