Kozluk feels he still has much to offer the Robins
VETERAN defender Rob Kozluk believes he still has plenty to offer on the pitch after joining Evo-Stik Premier Division side Ilkeston.
The 35-year-old former Derby County and Sheffield United man signed for the Robins last week in a deal that will also see him take up a youth coaching role at the New Manor Ground.
Kozluk, who made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 4-2 win over Frickley Athletic, is relishing to chance to pass on his wealth of experience to the club's young talent – but for now, is focusing on prolonging his own playing career.
"I know it's a massive contrast to some of the big stadiums and big games I have played in coming down to this level but I'm quite prepared to roll my sleeves up and battle for Ilkeston's cause," said Kozluk, who has trained with Burton Albion and Chesterfield since his release by Bradford City.
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"Tackling is not really in the game that much at the higher level but is alive and well in the Evo-Stik.
"The lads have already been teasing me, saying my pads are all shiny and clean and won't be like that for long, so I might make sure I have a bit more ankle protection!
"I'm really looking forward to coaching but, first and foremost, I want to get some games under my belt.
"Until I feel like I haven't got anything more to offer, I want to keep playing – and I think Rob Kozluk can still offer something yet.
"I can put my experience forward, which should help in what is generally a young team. If I can help the likes of Joe Maguire and others improve, then I will be doing a good job.
"I want to play as much as I can but if I only get on as a sub and Ilkeston go 25 games unbeaten, I will be happy as I'm here to benefit the team."
Ilkeston, unbeaten in eight league outings, are due to travel to sixth-placed Buxton tomorrow, though the cold weather could intervene.
"It will be disappointing if the weather does interrupt our run but that makes it even more important for the players to train well and keep themselves in the best possible condition," said manager Kevin Wilson.