GETTING PHYSICAL: The Fire's Scott Rocker, right, in his return to the side.
GETTING PHYSICAL: The Fire's Scott Rocker, right, in his return to the side. Warren Lynam

Aging Rocker gets groove back and could play on

FOOTBALL: Rejuvenated by a return to the game, aging Sunshine Coast Fire striker Scott Rocker says he’s keen to continue playing for the state league side next season.

The 39-year-old was urged to come out of a three-year retirement by club officials, who were desperate to add some experience to its forward line.

After some persuading, he linked with the side in May and has since rediscovered his zest.

“It’s pretty quick but I’m really enjoying it. I’m having a ball,” he said.

He started last weekend and played for 74 minutes in the team’s 2-1 upset of Brisbane City.

“They had been on to me for a few weeks saying they needed a striker,” he said.

“They’ve got quite a few young kids there so they wanted a bit of experience. It’s taken me four to six weeks get back into the swing of things but I was pretty happy with the game on the weekend.”

Rocker has plenty of background in the game.

He played overseas for three years, spent five years with Wynnum and was also at the Fire and at Kawana Force.

But he then retired.

“I’ve enjoyed coaching my little fellow at the Fire (juniors) and then this sort of opened up,” he said.

“I went ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ and I thought I’ve got nothing to lose, there is no expectation. It since been a blast.

“It was a big shock (initially). It’s taken four weeks to sharpen up the skills,” he said.

“I’ve got to be a bit wiser and not try and take those young kids on, be a bit smarter with the ball.”

He’s enjoyed it so much he’s keen to play on next season.

“We’ll see. It’s a day-to-day thing. Everything could be over if you do an injury or something at my age,” he said.

“There are seven or eight games to go so I’ll give it all I’ve got and see what happens.

“I’d love to go around next year. I can use this year sort of as a pre season just to get the body up and running and then will re-asses with the club.”

The Fire is ninth on the 12- team state league and will collide with fifth-placed Brisbane Roar Youth at Cleveland on Saturday (4pm).


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