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    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/garry_perks.jpg">Tain Thistle learned this week that all-time record goal scorer Garry Perks will not be returning to the club for their summer campaign, after the forward’s proposed plan for a May return from the United States was sidelined. <br /><br />Perks last played for Tain Thistle in July of 2008, as the side crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to rivals and eventual league winners Black Rock Rovers, before leaving for Iowa in the United States to sign a soccer scholarship with college side Marshalltown Tigers. Despite finishing the club’s top scorer last year, he was unable to end his season on a high.<br /><br />“I remember feeling extremely nervous for that game. We had two chances in the first half to take the lead. I didn’t play great and although we were never a one man team, my contribution didn’t help matters.”<br /><br />Perks’ first season with the Tigers saw him playing alongside and against young aspiring US internationals, skillful Brazilians and athletic Argentineans � a far cry from his beloved Ross-shire Welfare league, in which Inver’s recent signing of Balintore native Ross Powell was considered a foreign import!<br /><br />The Tigers' campaign was a mixture of success and disappointment; his club were ranked number 2 in the whole of the US, having won their regional division as well as a Texas based tournament, but disaster struck when an administrative error saw the Tigers banned from the league when it emerged that their filing department had incorrectly registered foreign nationals. But for Garry, the good outweighs the bad.<br /><br />“My move to the US was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve matured greatly, as a player and person”.<br /><br />“Of course, I miss the banter. Playing with my best friends at a club so close to my heart, as Tain Thistle is, will always be something I’ll miss”.<br /><br />Up until recently, it was expected that Garry Perks would sign up with the Jags once again, for the 2009 Welfare campaign under the team of coaches Arron Christie and close friend Steven Martin, but a recent turn of events and uncertainty over employment has forced the Cannock native to remain in the US.<br /><br />“I have found a job here in the US, and a place to stay. Its heart wrenching that I wont have the opportunity to come home and play with the boys, but I know they appreciate what I have to do.”<br /><br />Perks leaves some big shoes to fill at Tain, in a team which has lost both Colin Burry and Brian Cameron � two other mainstays of the 2008 campaign. But Garry doesn’t think Thistle will have to worry about goals, or a lack of creative flair. A proponent of the theory that if you have plenty of self belief, and that anything can be achieved, the forward hopes that despite his absence Tain Thistle can take their chances, and push for the Welfare league title in 2009.<br /><br />“With a little more confidence in his technical ability, Liam Rostock will get the goals. He’s the fastest player I have played with, it’s up to him to take the chances when they come.”<br /><br />“There’s years in me yet. I’m only 22 and I will play for Tain again. Watch out Summer 2010, I’m coming to get ya!”

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