New challenge for Gary Rogers
Bohermeen man Gary Rogers has this month embarked on a new career path that could have a major impact for young players in the League of Ireland and those emerging through the under-age leagues nationally and regionally.
Rogers has signed up with Gestifute, a company founded by soccer agent Jorge Mendes who represents the likes of Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and a host of other high-profile names.
The Irish company has its registered office in Dublin and provides consultancy and marketing services to professional sportspeople and sporting organisations.
Rogers has a wealth of knowledge about the game here from the top level at the League of Ireland down through the under-age and regional leagues and organisations.
The 2015 Meath Sportsperson-of-the-Year retired from a 21-year League of Ireland career last November playing his final game for Dundalk in the Europa League against Arsenal at the Aviva Stadium.
There is a rich vein of young talent coming through the League of Ireland clubs and since Brexit there are new restrictions on players under-18 following what was once the traditional route to UK clubs.
Movement throughout the EU is not as severely impacted.
More details in an interview with Gary Rogers in next Tuesday's print edition of the Meath Chronicle.