Giles couldn’t turn down the chance of Lafferty reunion
New St Blazey capture Martin Giles
7th April 2021
By Gareth Davies
Recent St Blazey capture Martin Giles has revealed that the lure of reuniting with Phil Lafferty once more was ‘hard to turn down’.
Giles, who spent close to a decade with Blazey’s local rivals St Austell, leaves Bodmin Town to link up with Lafferty after a short spell at Priory Park.
A combative centre back by trade, Giles was a key defensive lynchpin for Lafferty when his St Austell side lifted the South West Peninsula League title in 2014-15. This was also the year that Town came within 90 minutes of claiming an FA Vase final place at Wembley with Giles netting an all-important second goal in St Austell’s fifth round win over Stanway Rovers on home soil.
Also in the Lillywhites’ ranks for that famous run was Chris Reski, Will Tinsley and Neil Slateford with the trio already agreeing to join Lafferty’s new look Blazey outfit.
“I’ve known for Phil for years and I had some of my best times under him in terms of winning and success,” said Giles, in an exclusive interview with the Voice. “You know exactly what you’re going to get with Phil – when he’s going to stamp his authority on a team and then get the best out of every individual player.
“He’s also got that good side to him too where you can have a laugh and a joke, but when it is time to get serious, everyone listens and switches on. When Phil comes calling it is hard to turn down and it will be nice to play back with some of my old teammates.
“I had a break a couple of years ago when I was focusing on other things and even last season, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do regarding football.
“The main reason I went over to Bodmin was because of Chris Reski and Jordy Dingle. I keep in contact with them a fair bit, I went to Bodmin and I was loving it again.
“If it wasn’t for Phil coming in, I would have probably been still playing for Bodmin. I have a lot of respect for Gilby and the little spell I had out there was working out alright.”
Giles added that his time spent at Poltair Park will mean that a move to their nearest rivals will be a journey into the unknown. However, he praised his former club and the direction they are taking in terms of building a squad made-up mainly of younger players, who have learnt their craft with the Town second-string.
“It will be strange for myself as I spent ten years at St Austell,” he mused. “It was a club I enjoyed playing for and the fans were brilliant. I have seen some of those fans and they have congratulated me on the move (to Blazey).
“St Austell have obviously gone down a different route and I have no issue with that. It may have been the right route for them to have gone down, it may not have bee - only time will tell.
“Like Phil has his players that he’s had over the years, it’s the same with Sparky (Mark Smith, current St Austell manager).
“He has worked with his players for a couple of years and now he wants to bring them up through.”