London-born Golcar United striker Buddy Cox says while it’s nice to go back to see family down south, Yorkshire is where his heart is.
Cox, 28, moved to God’s Own County with his family when he was just five but he still grew up a Tottenham Hotspur fan.
“I was only young when we came here but I do remember moving and thinking that life up here was different,” he said. “Obviously as I’ve grown up, I’ve come to love it.
“I enjoy seeing family back down south but I think life up here is better, it’s not as fast. I’m still a Tottenham fan and my heroes growing up were probably Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane. Robbie in particular was just amazing. The amount of goals he scored was incredible.”
Keane scored over 90 goals in 238 appearances for the North London club over two spells between 2002-08 and 2009-11. Cox also appreciated another Spurs legend and said: “I also loved Ledley King growing up. I thought he was a great player. He was so unlucky with injuries in the end.”
Having played for Golcar for the past four seasons, Cox has had a dramatic impact on where the club stands today.
A determined character, Cox wants to see the Weavers play at the highest level they can.
An unbeaten start to the season with six wins and a draw sees Golcar top and the promotion dream is alive.
“We are in brilliant form at the minute,” he said. “We are playing some fantastic football against difficult opponents. It is a difficult league to play in as there are lots of good teams. We just need to take it a game at a time.
“The lads are loving their football at the minute and there is a great buzz around the club.
“The great thing about Golcar is that everyone is together, from the staff to the players, to the fans. It’s honestly just an amazing place to be at the minute.”
Cox always goes into each season wanting to score a certain amount of goals. He’s hoping to reach his target for this campaign.
He said: “I always want to get at least 15-20 a season. Currently I’m on one, but hopefully the goals will flow soon enough.”
The goals have certainly flowed for strike partner Ashley Flynn and Cox insists he is loving playing alongside him.
“Ash is just a goal machine at the minute, he’s got 11 goals in six games, something daft like that. I think we complement each other quite well. I’m good at holding the ball up and creating a distraction for defenders which gives Ash the space he needs. He’s a great striker and someone I am enjoying playing with.”
Cox is happy where he is and added: “I love playing for the club, from where it has come from to now is a long way. I have no reason to want to leave.
“I’m settled in Golcar where I live and my son plays for the junior side. He loves coming to watch me play on match days.
“Golcar is definitely where my heart is and long may that continue. I’d love to help the club rise up the leagues. If we win promotion this season it will mean a lot to me.”