TOM Cadmore is determined to put his job as a part-time accountant before football - despite what his Hayes and Yeading team-mates say.
The talented central defender has won praise for his performances in an England C shirt, as the only non-league international at Church Road.
But he is now the sole man with two jobs at the Blue Square Premier club, and insists balancing books is better than the unknown.
Cadmore carries a briefcase to work one day and his boots the next, even though almost all of the fifth tier of English football is now full-time.
H&Y themselves switched to five-day training in the summer, with a special exemption made for the 22-year-old.
Manager Garry Haylock even interceded on behalf of the defender by arranging with Cadmore’s boss a mixture of desk work in Soho and training with his United team-mates.
However, keeper Lee Harrison warned Cadmore that if his aim is to break into the Football League, he needs to make up his mind what he wants most.
But the centre back is reluctant to sacrifice a long-term future for a short-term football fix.
He said: "To be truthful, I’m not very good at making this sort of decision.
"I’ve tended to go along with the here and now, and it seemed a hard decision to make in the summer when the club decided to go full-time. But Garry has also done the accountancy exam I’m working towards, and he understood the situation.
"My boss in Soho has also been wonderful and the two decide when I’m to be available for training sessions, especially when they involve shape work on the pitch.
"However, football is not forever, and as it stands, I can do both."
However, Harrison, a veteran of five league clubs, reckons the accountant may soon be counting the cost of hedging his bets.
The keeper added: "Tom’s got bags of skill and he can go on to higher things, but it’s really a question of making his mind up about his football. He has a part-time job, and what he really wants is going to be up to him."
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