Boro midfielder Bolder given new role

Bridlington Town's Duka has his shot blocked by Scarborough Athletic's Chris Bolder
Bridlington Town's Duka has his shot blocked by Scarborough Athletic's Chris Bolder

Injured Scarborough Athletic midfielder Chris Bolder has been given a welcome boost.

Bolder, 32, dislocated his knee, ruptured his cruciate ligament, suffered a grade one tear of his medial ligament, tore tendons and also badly bruised his fibia and tibia during the postponed game against Bamber Bridge a month ago.

He is now into his recovery process and joint-managers Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot are keen to keep him involved.

As well as handing him a coaching role at the club, Boro will also use Bolder as the link between the changing room and the fans.

His first game in the new job will be when Boro host Warrington Town at Queensgate on Saturday.

Bolder said: “I’m really pleased and honoured to be given this opportunity.

“I was made captain this season and this will allow me to carry on giving my input.

“Bryan and Paul have asked me to come to games, sit in the stands and give my viewpoint on the games.

“I have a fair bit of experience in the game and I also have a level three UEFA B badge.

“We are going into the second half of the season now and we have managed to push ourselves into a really good position.

“Maybe another opinion can be the difference between us picking up a few more points here and there.

Bolder added: “I am also going to be the link between the changing room and the fans.

“It will mean me interacting with our fantastic supporters, hopefully it will be something they appreciate and it works out.”

Despite these new roles, Bolder is still keen to keep his boots ready for a return to the game.

“I saw the surgeon last week and they said I need to keep my knee brace on for another six weeks,” he added.

“That should give my medial ligament the chance to heal, then they can rebuild my cruciate ligament.

“I’m not over the hill yet, I still want to come back and play.

“It is all about small targets and goals, but I know it will take a long time.”