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Coke excited by new challenge at X-Roads

Ian Coke is relishing the opportunity to focus on his football again after joining X-Roads from relegated Boulevard.

The former Bermuda forward sealed an immediate return to the top flight as one of seven new players to join the East End-outfit under the Bermuda Football Association's first transfer release period.

After admitting to enduring a difficult campaign on and off the field, which culminated in relegation, having finished bottom with just six points, Coke said he is excited about a fresh start.

“I was looking for a new challenge,” Coke said, “I still have few more years in me yet and I want to be playing and enjoying my time that's left rather than having to worry about matters off the field.

“At Boulevard I found myself having to coach more and unfortunately the commitment wasn't always there for one reason or another and it affected the team.

“It came to the point where I couldn't do anymore, the club need to do it for themselves in a way. I tried to help make positive changes but it didn't have the desired affect, I felt like I couldn't do any more.

“I'm really excited about the new challenge with X-Roads and I'm buzzing to get the season started. There is a good vibe around the squad and there isn't any big egos at all.

“There also seems to be a big community feel about the club which is really important for me. It was a big part in me making the move.”

Coke is also heavily motivated by the opportunity to prove a point and rediscover his goal-scoring form, having only found the net twice last season.

Despite the disappointing return last term, he remains confident of making vast improvements on the scoring front, particularly with the prospect of linking up once again with former Hamilton Parish strike partner Donovan Thompson.

“I still feel like I have a lot to offer and I'm also excited to link up again with Donovan Thompson,” he added.

“We helped the club get promoted and then establish themselves in the Premier Division so I'm hoping we can achieve some amazing things together at X-Roads.

“It definitely helps to have that familiarisation on the field and hopefully we can recreate that connection quickly again. If we can then I can definitely see us having a good dynamic for the team and I'd expect us both to be among the goals.

“I hope I can get among the goals again because last season was my most disappointing since I started out. I'm confident the goals will return this season and I just can't wait to get started.”

Time for a change: Ian Coke has left relegated Boulevard

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Published August 07, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 06, 2020 at 7:39 pm)

Coke excited by new challenge at X-Roads

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