End of an era for Town left-back but the popular figure is already planning for the future
David October has told Ipswich Player that he is leaving the Club with his head held high and is looking to the future now.
The left-back was one of five first-year professionals told that they wouldn’t have their contracts renewed at Portman Road beyond this season recently, with Mark Timlin, Jonny Leddy, Jordan Adekunle and Tom Winter also receiving the news.
However Rocco, as he is affectionately known around the Club, doesn’t bear a grudge and looks back fondly on his time at Town.
“It’s been brilliant and I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve got no regrets whatsoever,” the 19 year-old explains in an interview to Ipswich Player with Simon Milton.
“Ipswich Town has given me a great grounding and I’ve loved every minute of my time at the Club.
“Although it’s not worked out for me in terms of breaking into the first-team, I’m leaving with my head held high knowing I’ve given it my best shot.
“I’ve met so many great people and I know the Club is in good hands. It’s been a big part of my life and four fantastic years, but now I’m ready for the next chapter and I’m excited to kick on again.”
The defender looks destined to move across the pond and undertake a student athlete programme in America, with a number of top universities all vying to tie him up to a full scholarship.
We’ve taken a snapshot of what Rocco said in our exclusive interview for you, withIpswich Player subscribers available to watch the video in full now.
Rocco on....the Academy
I’ve been blessed by the support I’ve had from everybody at the Academy. I joined the Academy at 15, which was quite late, but everybody helped me settle in and adapt and the coaching I received was superb. It’s because of that coaching and support that helped me earn a scholarship and then a full-time contract.
I moved away from home in Cambridge to come here, which was a big step as a 15 year-old. I’m quite an independent person, so I took it in my stride, but that’s not to say I didn’t have the help of everyone at Ipswich. It’s a fantastic, family Club and one that I’m proud to say I’ve played for. I’ve gave 100% every day for the Club and it’s been an amazing four years.
Obviously it’s disappointing that we’ve all been released but I’m sure I speak for all the lads when I say how brilliant the ride here has been. We’ve all been a part of this together, even living with one another, and these lads I know will become my friends for life. We’ve had a great few years together and the friendship has just blossomed.
I had a chance to go on trial to a few other clubs, but I took a step back and looked at my options and I’m really interested in taking my academic studies to the next level. I think one of the best ways to do that, as well as giving my football career the best opportunity at the same time, is to go over to the United States and enrol on the ‘Student-Athlete’ programme. I’ve got a few options over there and it’s a project I’m really excited about.
I’ve always been quite academic driven and continued my studies wherever possible, throughout my time at the Academy and so forth. Business Economics is something I’ve always been interested in and that’s what I plan to major in over in the States. Combining that with football is perfect for me, as a goal of mine in later life is to hopefully be successful in the business world. That’s the dream, anyway.
Even though I’m going to America, it will always be football and not soccer! It might take some getting used to but I’ll continue to call it football, even though the coaches out there might pull me up on it!