Richard Pacquette: I’ve had more clubs than Tiger Woods

Richard Pacquette in action for Eastbourne Borough against Lewes

Richard Pacquette in action for Eastbourne Borough against Lewes

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If Richard Pacquette can score more goals this season than he’s had clubs, then Eastbourne Borough must stand a decent chance of reaching the play-offs.

It’s club number 23 for striker Pacquette as he gears up for his second stint at Priory Lane following his close season switch from Maidenhead United.

Over the last few seasons the former QPR man has heard all the jibes before such as ‘rent a goal’ and ‘more clubs than Tiger Woods’ but it doesn’t worry the non-league hitman, who takes it all in his stride and in good humour.

“It’s just how it’s worked out,” said Pacquette. “I’ve had a few clubs but non-league can be a ruthless business.

“You can get a year contract and when that’s finished the club’s budget will change and you are out.

“When I sign it’s not like I think I will have a season here and then move on, a lot of it is not my decision. But what can you do? I just get on with it and give it my all wherever I go.

“The amount of clubs I’ve had does stand out but I think you will start to see it more and more often, especially at this level.

2You see a few of the younger players coming through and they’ve already clocked up a few. I’m sure some of them will be hitting the 20 club mark soon. It’s how football is now.”

Talk to Pacquette’s previous managers and teammates and all seem to speak in glowing terms of the Dominica international. Last year, despite suffering a serious ankle injury and having his front teeth knocked out, the 31-year-old made 44 appearances and scored 15 times for a struggling Maidenhead side.

“It was a decent return for me last year in what turned out to be a relegation battle. It wasn’t supposed to be that way but if things don’t click then you can find yourself struggling in this league quickly.”

He expects no such problems this year at Borough though.

He was impressed with what he saw when he played Tommy Widdrington’s men last season and admitted it was an easy decision to come back to the Lane.

“I had a bit of a think and thought why not? The gaffer said they were missing a player like me last season and I thought that was nice.

“He (Widdrington) likes to play good football and I wanted to come here and help the club achieve something.”

Pacquette lives in West London and works as a delivery driver for a tyre company. He clocks up plenty of miles during the week but says it’s no problem adding a few more for Monday and Thursday morning training sessions at Priory Lane.

“I like the day time training. It shows the club is moving in the right direction. Training in the morning is better because you are fresh. In the evening time you are knackered after work and it makes it harder.

“It’s a big thing and if the club do get promoted then that part of it is in place already.”