BIG MOVE Andy Peters in action for Claremorris.
THERE was a mixture of joy and sadness in Claremorris soccer circles last week, with the announcement that local man, Andy Peters, was leaving to join the statistics analysis and presentation department of Leicester City FC in the English Premier League.
The club wish Peters, a key member of the local team, well on the realisation of this great opportunity, but say he will be a big loss to the side.
“Andy is going to be irreplaceable,” Paul Burke, the Claremorris manager, told The Mayo News. “His commitment levels over the last number of years have been incredible. The last while he has been travelling up and down to Galway for training sessions and matches every week, and what he gives us on the pitch, in terms of skill and honesty, is exemplary.”
The manager added that Peters would be a big loss to the club in general.
“He’s a very intelligent lad, he gets along with everyone. Not only are we losing a great player on the pitch, we are losing a great lad off the pitch as well. Obviously we wish him all the very best and he will be welcome back here anytime.”
Peters played in defence for Claremorris in the Super League for a number of seasons, before moving to a No 10 role this year where his influence on matches has been sensational. A very unselfish player, he has set up many of the goals that the team has scored this season.
His role at Leicester – which will involve processing raw match-analysis data into a clear, easy-to-follow, presentation format – is tied-into a PhD in Sports Science he is undertaking with Middlesex University.
A past pupil of St Colman’s College, Claremorris, he also played with Galway United in the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland.