Laurence Gaughan is convinced that Worksop Town will win promotion to the Conference North, but the defender won’t be a part of it.
Gaughan set sail for a new life on Tuesday, after bidding goodbye to a team who have become like family to him.
The former Republic of Ireland Under 19 international recovered from a rocky start to the season to put in some impressive performances at centre-half for Tigers.
Despite some injury trouble, Gaughan formed a solid partnership with Adam Quinn in the heart of Worksop’s defence.
But an opportunity to ply his trade in Australia was too good to pass up.
He told the Guardian he’ll take nothing but positives from his time at Sandy Lane, to the other side of the world.
“My time at worksop has been fantastic,” he said.
“It’s been one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve had in football, on and off the field.”
“The management staff have been great and the lads are all like brothers to me.”
Gaughan and his girlfriend are moving to Perth, where he will play for Subiaco AFC and coach one of their academy sides.
While he’s sad to depart Sandy Lane, he believes that at the age of 23, the time is right to head down under.
He said: “The move to Oz has been something my girlfriend and I have wanted to do for a long while.”
“Even though I’ve loved my time at Worksop, I’ve got no ties or commitments at home at the moment so now is the time to go and explore the world while I can.”
The 2013/14 season may not be the last Tigers see of Gaughan, who began his career at Sheffield United before spells at Liverpool and Celtic as a youth footballer.
He holds the club’s management in high regard and can forsee a return in the future.
“Mark Shaw and Shutts have a great philosophy on football which I think will take them far in the game and hopefully I can work with them again one day,” he said.
“I would love to return to Worksop one day, maybe in a year or two when I’m home.”
“And by then I’m certain the lads will have got us promoted to the Conference North.”
Tigers manager Mark Shaw said that Gaughan’s loss will be felt by everyone at the club.
Mark Shaw said: “Myself, the staff and the players are deeply disappointed.”
“He’s a great character in the dressing room and well liked.”
“We just started to see some really consistent performances from him before his injury. I feel he has matured throughout this season and next to Adam Quinn showed what a good player he was.”