Godolphin ace asks for help to turn a dream into reality

Godolphin ace asks for help to turn a dream into reality

Godolphin ace asks for help to turn a dream into reality

Malaysian League hopeful Cameron George, in action for Godolphin Atlantic

10th March 2021

By Tom Howe

Godolphin Atlantic’s Cameron George has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help achieve his goal of playing professionally in Malaysia this summer.

A central-midfielder or right-back by trade, the 27-year-old signed for the Blues in December having moved to be with family in Cornwall following spells with Europa Point in the Gibraltar National League and 1. FCA Darmstadt in Germany’s seventh-tier.

Originally from Kent, George played in three matches before the South West Peninsula League season was curtailed, a 2-2 draw at home to Dobwalls and subsequent away defeats at St Dennis (3-2) and Newquay (4-0), having begun his career with Watford at the age of 16 before playing semi-professionally and trialling with Leyton Orient and Barnet.

Aged 25, he took the opportunity to trial for Europa Point, managed by former West Ham United coach Ian Hendon, a step which proved successful when George signed a professional contact. Upon returning to England, he was soon on the move again, this time to Germany. A short spell with Godolphin has now been followed by five offers from clubs in the Asian country.

“I was [in Gibraltar] for a few months but kept getting injured and then coronavirus hit so I thought I would come back to England,” George told the Voice. “Sadly, that didn’t work out [in Gibraltar]. Coronavirus has really, really messed me up this year for football as it has a lot of people. It came at a really bad time as it was my first foray into professional football. I didn’t play a competitive match but played in some really good friendlies against Chinese Super League side Wuhan, Gaz Metan of the Romanian Premier League and FC Krasnodar [from Russia].

“Then the chance came in June [2020] to go to Germany. I got my first 90 minutes in a cup game. We were a pretty decent side although it took us a while to get a grip of what our best team was because it was basically a brand-new squad of 25. I lived there until November but came back because of coronavirus again.

“I didn’t know anyone down here so I had a look around. I was talking to Truro but their season got cancelled. “I was looking around trying to figure out what team I could talk. Mousehole was a side that I was interested in, being top of the league, but I thought where is a place I can go and get 90 minutes every game, get my foot back on the ball and start pushing myself more? Maybe more of a challenge than just coasting in a good side?

“I saw that step seven and below were still playing so I contacted Andy Savage. It was tough. We have got so many young lads that haven’t really played at this level. They are kind of naive when it comes to the games and are too nice about it, too respectful to the opposition, but these are things that we will learn from. Fingers crossed when I come back from Malaysia I will be still involved with Godolphin and help to set-up reserve and youth teams to try and help boost the profile of the club. To be honest, they have been one of the best clubs for me.”

Having turned down moves to play in Russia and Turkey, the Camborne-based player remained in Cornwall, where he proudly wore the Blue and White of Godolphin, a club with which he hopes to develop a long-term relationship.

“Darmstadt has been asking me back for the past two or three months for when the season starts but it’s not something I want to do. At my age, sadly, it is about chasing money. Malaysia has great financial bonuses and that is one reason I have said yes to go into an area like that.

“With Godolphin you find yourself doing extra but, to be honest, they are amazing and I really mean that, especially those at the Godolphin Arms. They are incredible. I couldn’t get back one night from training so they put me up in the hotel for free. They really do look after you. They are just good as gold.

“After the game against Newquay we decided to give our wages back because quite frankly we weren’t good enough to earn anything. We thought the club needed it more than us so why not give it back, especially because they do treat us so well. Tania, Nigel and all those guys. They have treated me with more respect than any of the other sides I have been with.

“I am really only looking to be in Malaysia for a season, maybe two at the most. The Malaysian season runs from March to August so it’s a pretty short season. It’s about 22 matches plus cup games as well. I’m looking to come back in August or September time and hopefully be ready to be with Godolphin for the start of the season. I would never consider doing that [normally] but the club has treated me so well that as a man I feel like it’s my duty to boost the profile of the club and hopefully push them on as far as I can.”

George, who has the choice of five Malaysian clubs, two from the top tier and three from the second division, explained: “I’m glad I’ve got a chance to choose who I want to speak to. Fingers crossed it all goes completely to plan and we don’t have another covid outbreak. The sad thing is, while things seem really certain, it can change at the drop of a hat in the current situation and that is one thing that I’m a bit worried about.

“Twice already this past year covid has stopped me from doing something. I am just looking forward to going, getting it done, signing over there and earning myself some good money for the summer really. Ever since I was young it has been my dream to be able to say that I am a professional footballer. I have done more than 98 per cent of the other lads have done, I’ve actually had that contract.

“It is a very, very good level in Malaysia. The Super League is awesome. There is a team called Johor Darul Ta’zim which is the biggest team in Malaysia and quite frankly they’re just phenomenal. They have a lot of Brazilian players and a lot of Malaysian internationals.

“The stadium they play in is just breathtaking, it’s like a 60,000 seater stadium with an enclosed roof. Even in the second division some of the stadiums are mind-boggling. You look at where I’ve been playing here for the last few months, like Newquay, Godolphin and St Dennis, and then you go to a 40,000 seater stadium and play. It’s just beyond a dream really.”

For more information, and to support Cameron’s journey, visit bit.ly/30m8c3l