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Ross Langworthy enjoying prolific spell in New Zealand

By Jon Palmer at the Gloucester Echo

Ross Langworthy is scoring goals at a rapid rate in New Zealand.

The former Cirencester Town forward has fired 21 goals in 18 games, with 17 of his strikes coming in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Division One.

He is currently the second highest scorer in the league, helping North Shore United challenge for promotion. The Auckland-based club currently lie fourth and Langworthy is enjoying playing consistently in his preferred attacking role.

"We had a bit of a mid-season wobble, which has meant we're now the chasers in a four-horse race for two promotion spots," he said. "Everyone still has to play everyone though and we're right in the mix, so it will be an exciting end to the season. I've found that playing regularly in the same position and playing within a team that really suits my style of play has benefitted me massively as a player.

"I found myself being used as a utility player quite often in England as I was always happy to help wherever needed, but this meant I struggled to string consistent performances together. I am three goals away my most prolific season ever."

North Shore are one of New Zealand's oldest clubs and Langworthy believes they belong in the top level of the winter league.

"I'm desperate to gain promotion with North Shore, which is a club steeped in history," he said. We're in with a chance of this if we continue our recent form, with seven league games to go. Speersy (manager Tom Speers) has us playing some really dynamic and exciting attacking football and his attention to detail in match preparation has really helped me personally.

"We have a Chatham Cup last 16 match coming up in two weeks, away to one of the biggest clubs in the country and having a good run in the NZ equivalent of the FA Cup has been enjoyable."

Off the pitch, 24-year-old Langworthy has a new job co-ordinating the football programme at a private school.

He is keen to progress to play in the National Premier League in the New Zealand summer, but he may also consider returning to England in search of a club.

"I've always been ambitious and wanted to play at the highest level I can," he said, the standard of football here is good and the top teams in our league I would compare to being good level Southern Premier sides. The couple of games I had in the Premier League out here during the summer (for Eastern Suburbs) were of National League South standard at least, but the game is a lot more tactical and less physical out here.

"If I get approaches from National Premier League teams to play in the summer league then I would have to seriously consider them, or if head home then I'll be looking to kick on after an enjoyable and personally successful year out here and play as high up the footballing pyramid as I can."

This entry was posted on 04 July 2017 at 08:25 and is filed under Miscellaneous | First Team. You can leave a response here.

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