Cobras veteran still plays with bite
MEET Casino Cobras' ever-ready man John Wraight is as his name suggests and at almost 51 years of age he just keeps going and going and going.
Wraight, who has played the game for 43 years, has proven to be a vital cog in the Cobras' resurgence as a Premier League force this season.
While he has one goal to his name this season he has helped set up fellow striker Wayne Mortimer for a few more.
Wraight and 34-year-old Mortimer have added much-needed experience to a young Cobras line-up which has caused their fair share of upsets this year.
Despite belonging to an age bracket where most men are looking forward to a quiet weekend, Wraight would not be anywhere else except the soccer field.
“I've just been lucky I haven't picked up any major injuries and that's helped me stay in the game,” Wraight said.
Another reason is the way his son Jeremy is playing the game at age 32.
“We enjoy playing alongside each other,” Wraight said.
“He will keep playing as long as I do ... I keep him going.”
The Wraight name is synonymous with soccer in the area; John's daughter Kim and wife Suzanne play in the FNC women's Premier League while his nephew Dean Casey is the Cobras captain.
As for the Cobras' chances in 2011, Wraight has plenty of belief in his young teammates.
“If we don't pick up any major injuries we can make the top five,” he said.