Jordan Seabright has rekindled some of his desire for football after answering the SOS from Gosport Borough.
The former Bournemouth goalkeeper hung up his gloves to become a car salesman back in March after becoming disillusioned with the game, following spells with Dagenham & Redbridge and Torquay.
But after Nathan Ashmore picked up a thigh injury and Borough boss Alex Pike’s attempts to recruit a loan goalkeeper became desperate, the 21-year-old stepped in at short notice and turned in a fine display in the midweek 3-1 win at St Albans.
He will also retain his place for the FA Trophy trip to Cirencester tomorrow and Pike is keen to keep him.
Pike said: ‘Nathan got injured against Oxford City.
‘He partially pulled a thigh muscle and couldn’t kick the ball.
‘My plan was always to get on the phone to professional clubs.
‘But I couldn’t get one. I tried Pompey, Bournemouth, Aldershot, Luton, Eastleigh and I couldn’t get one anywhere.
‘Just by chance I went to a game recently and got introduced to Jordan.
‘He was at Bournemouth, Dagenham and Torquay but gave up football.
‘So I rang him up and asked him if he could help me out.
‘He said “I’m really sorry but I’m in London” and luckily, so was our game and we just met him at the ground.
‘He has signed on permanently and will be playing against Cirencester.
‘He hadn’t played for a while, but he certainly didn’t look rusty to me – he looked outstanding.
‘It was one of the best goalkeeping debuts I’ve seen.
‘He deserved a clean sheet and it was only a deflection that stopped him getting one in stoppage time.
‘He made some brilliant saves.’
While Seabright gave up on his dreams of professional football after losing his enthusiasm, Pike believes he saw signs that it was on the way back, which were confirmed by the keeper himself.
Pike said: ‘He was assured, his kicking was superb, he talked to the back four as if he had been playing with them all season.
‘I told him it was nice that football had put a smile back on his face.
‘He told me he really enjoyed it and didn’t realise how much he had missed football.
‘Now I want to keep him. I need Nathan to be kept on his toes.
‘He had a couple of poor games by his standard lately and I think he needs that competition for his place. Jordan certainly provides that.’
Borough are on the back of three straight wins ahead of the trip to southern premier division outfit but Pike has warned against any complacency.
He said: ‘The FA Trophy has always been one of our priorities.
‘It provides a good revenue stream and we have a proud tradition in the competition.
‘We got to the final and I want to go one better and try to win it.
‘We know it will be difficult and we won’t take it lightly but we are in a good run of form.’