Blyth Spartans AFC
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St Johnstone FC
Queen of the South FC
Blyth Spartans AFC
Rhys, Introduce yourself…
I am Rhys Evans, a 23 year old right back from Wallsend, Newcastle.
How important is football for you?
Football has always important to me, as it’s always been a big part in my life. I was brought up in a typical football loving Geordie family, with my dad being a huge Newcastle fan then my brothers loving it too. I’ve played since being able to walk I’ve known no other way.
What are your specific qualities as a football player?
I would probably say I am a fit, high energetic full back who loves to get forward when I can. Whether people agree with that or not is a different question Rolling on the floor!
Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
The player I looked up to most was definitely Alan Shearer. Although I’ve grown into a different position, being a young lad growing up in a working class family in Wallsend the only person to look up to was big Al. He played for the same boys club as me (Wallsend Boys Club) and you’d see his photos etc posted all over and it would really give you the sense of belief it was possible.
Who are the most important people within football environment?
The most important people within the football environment are definitely the behind the scenes staff. The ones who keep the club running, the unsung heroes if you like. People like Kitmen etc. The kitman at Blyth doubles up as the Groundsman and he’s a true club legend. Does so much for the group of players from cleaning our boots to washing our lucky boxers to make sure the only thing you have to worry about is the game.
In the past you played football for St. Johnstone FC. How did you experience these periods?
I loved my team at St. Johnstone. It was hard at the time being 16 and moving 3 hours away from into a different country but built character and taught me life skills. It was frustrating with no being able to gain international clearance until right at the end of my first season with the club. But I learnt a lot there and met some great people.
In September 2016, you moved from St. Johnstone FC to Queen of the South FC. And you stay there for one season. How was your time there ?
My time at QOS was frustrating I’d say. It’s a great little club. Just as I started making head way, and doing well there was a change of manager which killed me and ended up leaving. But it’s also a place a learnt a lot from and also met some mates for life.
On 1 July 2019, you signed a contract with Blyth Spartans AFC. How important was that moment for you ? And why did you choose for Blyth Spartans AFC ?
Signing for Blyth was a very good step in my career. Between my time at QOS and Blyth I had some time in the Northern league with a short spell at Washington then a longer spell at Newcastle Benfield. My time at them clubs were huge for me. Getting some senior football experience playing against experienced men week in and week out definitely helped me to progress. Then when the Blyth offer came about was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I couldn’t say a bad word about the football club. We had a bad season last year but the way the fans stuck by us was incredible and hopefully we can put that behind us next season.
What were your highs and lows during your football career?
I’ve had lots of highs and lows over my relatively short career so far. something I was always told as a young player was, ‘the only guarantee in football in disappointments’ because I understood that from a young age I think it helped me deal with being released etc. Just makes me want to work harder.
What is your ultimate dream for your football career ?
My ultimate dream for my career is to be back in full time football and play highest level as I can and be the best as I can really.