FEATURE: Matthew Rhodes in conversation with Kayde Coppin

New Matlock Town signing Kayde Coppin has spoken to Derbyshire Media Company about the latest move of his career and his thoughts on the upcoming season. Coppin is one of four summer signings announced so far by the Gladiators.

Since the signing of Coppin from Mossley, the Gladiators have also recruited Callum Dolan from Radcliffe, Callum Chippendale from local rivals Buxton and Reece Kendall from Brighouse Town.

Coppin revealed in his interview whether it was a tough decision to leave Mossley behind for Matlock Town and what a team managed by Paul Phillips is like:

“Not difficult really. I know Phillo (Paul Phillips) really well, I know what he expects. Matlock are a massive club at this level and shouldn’t really be in this league. He’s all about hard work, pure and simple. I know him personally, he’s a really good guy.

"The teams that I’ve always played in under him have always been hard-working and full of honest lads. They’re there for the right reasons…he always tries to make his team exciting.”

The 31 year old forward has played for the likes of Trafford, Ashton United, Buxton and Glossop North End during his career. His move to the Gladiators from Mossley though does mark a milestone moment in his football career.

Not only has Coppin joined Matlock Town as a player, he has also been brought in as an assistant coach for the club. Kayde was asked how much of his time at Matlock Town will be devoted to coaching:

“Hopefully a lot. I’ve managed a ladies team before and I’ve coached U15’s and U16’s in the men’s game. I want to be a manager, so when Phillo and Dave (Dave Wild, Matlock Town’s assistant manager) made me an offer to come here and deal with the coaching side too, that was great because that’s what I want to do.”

Training sessions are finally under way (albeit under social distancing guidelines) at the Proctor Cars Stadium and Coppin also commented on his first impressions of Matlock’s new-look squad:

“I’ve been impressed. I know quite a few of the lads. The standard’s been really good. The group has been first class. Some very good players, hungry players.”

You can listen to the full interview with Kayde Coppin via the following link:

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