Clarence Town's James Foot to play 100th game with club

DURABLE: Clarence Town back James Foot celebrates his 100th game for the Cobras on Sunday. He has missed just a handful of games in that time. Picture: FootPrints Creative Photography
DURABLE: Clarence Town back James Foot celebrates his 100th game for the Cobras on Sunday. He has missed just a handful of games in that time. Picture: FootPrints Creative Photography

Clarence Town's James Foot runs out for his 100th game with the Cobras on Saturday.

In a remarkable testament to his durability, Foot, who has made the switch from centre to five-eighth this season, has chalked the milestone up in just over five seasons.

“He has probably only missed two or three games in that time,” Cobras coach Peter Maytom said of Foot.

“He has been an incredibly loyal servant for the club.

“He has played at centre for most of his career, but this year we have called on him to play at five-eighth and he has handled it in his usual no-nonsense side.

“I’d say he will play at No.6 for the remainder of the year.”

Foot was part of Clarence Town’s 2015 premiership and played in Dungog’s grand final side last season.

He spent the year at the Warriors when the Cobras did not field a team, but along with Phil Badior was the key signing to ensure Clarence Town’s return to competition this year.

“He is the one certainty each week, you can always rely on him to give his all for the team,” Maytom said.

The Cobras will be looking to celebrate with victory against Cardiff at Clarence Town Park on Sunday.

Clarence Town have had an extended break after Sunday’s scheduled game against Karuah was washed out and the bye for the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend.

Maytom said he would prefer to keep his team on the field, but the break had given everyone time to overcome any niggling injury.

The only long-term injury for the Cobras is second-rower Andrew Bashford who has a knee injury.

The Cobras have found their feet after going down to D-grade, but Maytom believes they are still to play their best football this season.

He said Cardiff should be a strong challenge on Sunday after the Cobras had recorded big wins in their past three games.

“I don’t think Cardiff’s results suggest how good they really are. They had a couple of losses to a couple of the promoted teams and were last-up winners against Hexham Jets,” he said.

“I think Cardiff along with Karuah and Glendale will be the biggest threats in the final race this season, so it will be a good game for us to gauge how we are going.”

Kick off is at 2pm.