Scott Mitchell says he ‘can’t wait to start playing football again’ after agreeing a one-year deal with Thurlow Nunn League First Division champions Stowmarket Town.
Mitchell has also played for Livingston and Peterborough United, before more recently turning out for Suffolk non-league sides AFC Sudbury, Leiston and Lowestoft Town, the latter of those which included a spell playing in Vanarama National League North.
After missing the whole of last season, as well as half of the season before that, due to work commitments, Mitchell is now ready to make his return to the pitch.
“I’m in a position now where with work I can play on Saturdays, so I can dedicate some time to playing football,” he said.
“I’m good mates with Dev (Danny Cunningham, Stow captain) and I’ve been speaking to Dev throughout all of last season, telling him that I’ve been thinking about getting the boots on again.
“He highly recommended that I speak to Rick (Andrews, Stow manager) at Stowmarket and that’s where it started really.
“I met Rick and first impressions I was very impressed. First of all he’s a top bloke, that’s the impression I got straight away.
“He wants his players to go out and express themselves, and enjoy themselves most importantly, which is a philosophy I share with him.
“I think that if a player is playing for you and he’s enjoying playing football you don’t need to worry about them putting effort in, because you know they will.”
Mitchell ended his second spell at Lowestoft Town midway through the 2015-16 season, citing work commitments for his reason behind leaving the Trawlerboys, who were still playing in National League North at that point.
“I’ve obviously played non-league for a number of years, but work commitments stopped me from playing,” he said.
“I last played for Lowestoft Town when they were in the Conference North. It was a really big commitment which I couldn’t continue to do with my work commitments.
“So after a year out I’m itching to get back and can’t wait to play football again.”
Mitchell joins a Stowmarket side who have just enjoyed an historic campaign, winning the First Division title and with it the club’s first promotion in their 134-year history.
Although the defender will be dropping a few leagues to play in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with Stow next season, Mitchell insists he will not be dropping the standards set from his time playing at a higher level.
“I spent so many years trying to get back into the professional game, but I think now is the time where I’m being a bit more selfish,” he said.
“I’m taking into account the enjoyment factor more than anything, but that doesn’t mean I won’t work any less harder than what I have done before.
“The club have obviously had a really good season and it’s important that momentum is continued into next season.
“Like Rick said to me, he just wants his players to go and enjoy their football, which is the most important thing. If you’re enjoying your football, you never know what’s going to happen.
“I’ve always heard good things about the club and I’m excited to represent them.”