Matt Rhead is hoping to join an EFL team in January. In the meantime, he is coaching at Stoke's academy.
After finding himself out of then manager Danny Cowley’s plans and receiving such a lucrative offer from Billericay, he felt the time was right to move on. Rhead also felt returning to part-time football would give him more time to focus gaining his coaching qualifications.
“The money was one of the things, but the main thing was that I was going to be part-time so I could really start my coaching,” he said. “I’m doing some coaching part-time in the evening in Stoke. I want to gain some experience in that area before hopefully I can gain something on a full-time basis.” On his departure from the Imps, Rhead said: “I was basically told I wouldn’t be playing much. Danny Cowley wanted to get another striker in, which was obviously Tyler Walker. I didn’t just want to sit there and not be involved every week. It’s not too bad if you’re coming on and pushing other players to play well. But it looked like I wasn’t even going to be in the squad. I didn’t come into football not to be in and around it on a Saturday.”
But the 35-year-old insists he isn’t finished as a player and is keen to secure a return to the Football League, although he will have to wait for the transfer window to reopen in January. In the meantime, he will continue coaching at an academy in his native Stoke while training with a local club to stay sharp. “I can’t sign for a League team until January. That’s what I’ll be looking to do,” he said. “Hopefully I can get something in place. With January still being some way off, nobody wants to commit unless they get injuries. I’m going to train with a local team to keep my fitness up so I’m ready to go come January.”
Rhead admits the last few months have been unsettling. “It’s been tough,” he said. “But I’ve got good family and friends around me. I couldn’t have foreseen this but you get tested in life. You just have to carry on and hopefully something will come up.”https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/spor ... ad-3463045