Working Claisse back for Athletic

Tom Claisse could be set for a return at home to Glasshoughton
Tom Claisse could be set for a return at home to Glasshoughton

Scarborough Athletic’s new midfielder Tom Claisse is planning a return to the squad this weekend after a stint at the London Olympic Games.

Claisse has been working for the RAF throughout the event, though it has given him the chance to meet the stars.

During his time in security he bumped into a trio of action heroes, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Jean Claude Van Damme and Jason Statham.

Despite sampling that, Claisse is keen to return to regular Saturday afternoon action, which could see him in action at home to Glasshoughton in the NCEL Premier this weekend.

“I have been doing a lot of security down there,” said Claisse. “You did get to see some of the stars and I also took in a fair bit of the action as well.

“I am excited about getting back playing football though. It is my day off on Saturday and I am on stand-down on Sunday, so there is a chance I might be available to play against Glasshoughton.

“Even if I just make the bench that will be something.

“I am excited about this season. I spoke to FC United and Garforth in pre-season, but when I found out Scarborough were interested I decided to have a word.

“I had a chat with Tony Hackworth, who I played with at Whitby and then Rudy Funk sold the club to me.

“I just can’t wait to get playing now. Playing for Scarborough does fit in quite nicely with my job because there are times when I won’t be available.

“Rudy has got a great squad together, so I’ll be slotting in when I can play.

“Looking at what we have I think, if we do win the league, then we could probably do very well with the same squad in the division above.”

Claisse’s football won’t be just limited to Boro though, as he also plays a big role in the RAF’s team.

He added: “I also play for the RAF and the Combined Services team, which is a real experience.

“I went away to play in France recently and there is talk of us going to play in Hawaii soon, which would be great.

“The RAF have won the combined title five years in a row, so before the play-off final between West Ham and Blackpool we were paraded to the fans.

“We got the chance to play at Portsmouth and Chelsea, which is a little different to semi-pro football.”