St Ives swoop for new signing as boss Ricky Marheineke changes his stance

Declan Rogers (right) in action for former club AFC Rushden & Diamonds last season.

Declan Rogers (right) in action for former club AFC Rushden & Diamonds last season. - Credit: Archant

St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke has performed a U-turn by drafting in a player he had previously said he would not attempt to sign again.

Marheineke has bolstered the promotion-chasing Saints squad with the capture of wideman Declan Rogers from Peterborough Northern Star.

Rogers put pen to paper tonight and is available for a Southern League Division One (Central) trip to Godalming tomorrow which hinges on a 9.30am pitch inspection in Surrey.

Marheineke has been snubbed by Rogers on a number of previous occasions, but has now succeeded in attracting him to ProEdge Westwood Road.

Marheineke said: “Sometimes as a manager you have to put the club before any personal issues you may have.

“Declan has turned me down three times in the past and it was for financial reasons on each of those occasions.

“But he has trained with us for a couple of weeks and it seems that his motivation for playing football has completely changed.

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“He sounds refreshed and energised after a difficult spell in his life. He wants to get his head down and fight for a place again.

“He tells me he has shad two other offers at our level, but St Ives Town is the club he wants to be at.

“It seems to have come about at a good time for both parties. I hope he comes in and proves to everyone he is a Step 4 player who should have made this move a couple of years ago.”

Marheineke is hopeful the trip to Godalming gets the green light tomorrow. At 119 miles it is the club’s third-longest trip of the Division One (Central) season and not one he is keen to make on a Tuesday night.