Paul Jarvis is a winger for Chorley FC having joined the Magpies from AFC Fylde earlier this year. Having previously played Morecambe, Tipton Town and Lancaster City.
The Non-league scene caught up with the tricky winger ahead of his first full season at Victory Park, the home of the Magpies.
First of all Paul, the new season is just round the corner how much are you looking forward to it?
I’m quite looking forward to it to be honest. I got married a couple of weeks after the end of the season, had a great stag, great day and great honeymoon, relaxed a bit but am ready to get back to kicking a ball now.
Pre-season has said to be a tough time for footballers, what are your thoughts of pre-season?
It always seems to never be as tough as you think it will be in terms of fitness sessions. The hardest thing is getting used to playing matches again compounded in pre season by playing against league teams who are fitter, stronger and play at a higher tempo.
For Chorley they were due to play your old club Morecambe before it was changed for Blackburn. How much were you looking forward to that game?
I was looking forward to it because I still have a lot of ties with Morecambe, plus my work were lined up to sponsor the game so it would have been the source of office conversation for a few days afterwards.
What was your time like at Morecambe?
As a pro at Morecambe it wasn’t the most enjoyable time of my career ~ they had just been promoted and were looking to stay in the league, so chances for the younger players were few and far between. It’s a shame really as that was not the case under the previous manager Jim Harvey, or seems to be with Jimbo, so I guess I was a bit unlucky in progressing into the 1st team squad when I did.
How pleased are you to see that Morecambe are establishing themselves in the Football League?
I’m glad because it’s a good club, well run, Jim is a great leader and they are competing against a lot of strong teams, so are doing well.
You joined Chorley in February from AFC Fylde what made you want to switch across Lancashire?
Many reasons ~ the history of Chorley FC, as a proper town team with a good fan base. Gaz (Garry Flitcroft) also made it clear he wanted me to be in his team, and was very positive when we spoke. Oh and I had been transfer listed at Fylde!
Last season was a poor one for Chorley how will the new season be for the Magpies?
I think if we carry on the way we left off from last season we will do just fine. We’ve added a few to the squad, we are a very close bunch of lads and staff who play for each other and enjoy it, in my opinion not many teams will be able to match us. I think top three is realistic.
Who are you looking forward to come up against next season?
Fylde of course, and FC United of Manchester.
Thanks for you time Paul and we wish Chorley FC all the best for the new season ahead.