Wed, Oct

Former Port Vale utility player Anthony Rougier wants to help make a change to football in the rural parts of the country, particularly the southland. He will be embarking on his plan to do so through Petrotrin.

Rougier, a staunch Christian, is on a comeback with the National team after being recalled by Leo Beenhakker. While his aim is to keep himself in contention for a World Cup pick, he also wants to give back to the game.

“They (Petrotrin) have me involved in a really good way. I finished the season with them and now I’m involved from a development aspect. Petrotrin is doing a lot of good things for the game and I think I can really go on to make a valuable contribution by the Grace of God,” Rougier said.

He is, however, likely to return to England next week to finalise some personal business, as well as explore some contract options after turning down a West Ham trial in order to be part of Beenhakker’s training camp.

“When the whistle blew against Bahrain it brought tears to my eyes. I was attending a course at the Centre of Excellence at the time and it was almost like being in Bahrain, because I have experience similar stuff before winning promotion in front of 50,000 fans. But this one was the biggest achievement without a doubt,” Rougier said.