Cornish plans to continue playing after Lakenheath departure
Ricky Cornish has decided to leave Lakenheath, but he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet.
The 47-year-old announced late last week that he was departing the Cambridgeshire County League Kershaw Premier Division side, for whom he made 167 appearances during several spells.
Lakenheath are now set to join the Thurlow Nunn League ahead of next season under the new management of Ben Cowling, but the veteran left-back feels the time was right for him to seek a new challenge.
“There has been a change of management at the club and an emphasis on new things,” said the former Mildenhall Town and Newmarket Town defender.
“It is a great club with great people and I really hope they do well in the Thurlow Nunn.
“I get on well with Ben and I am sure he will do a great job, it was just the right time for me to move on.”
Just three years short of his 50th birthday, some might have expected the ex-Bristol City and Cambridge United player to call it a day and move into management.
Working out of the dugout is something that interests Cornish, but until the right opportunity presents itself he is keen to continue lacing up his boots every Saturday.
“I have already started my own pre-season because I want to be ready to go whenever I join another club,” he added.
“You have got to respect clubs and make sure you are in the best shape you can be.
“I still really enjoy playing and I have never fallen out of love with it.
“I still believe I can do a job in the Thurlow Nunn or Kershaw League. When I stop feeling that way, that is when I will stop.”
Cornish, who has already had offers, plans to decide on his new club in the near future.