Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin has been busy assembling what he reckons are all the necessary components for “the best non-league team on the planet”, which includes mixed martial arts star Neil Grove.
Opposition fans and players need not get too worried just yet though – Grove won’t be appearing in the Billericay Town first XI any time soon, so there’s no need to be concerned about the potential for a spinning kick to the face.
Instead, the 19-stone South Africa-born star, who has competed in UFC and Bellator Cage Rage in the past, has come on board as Billericay’s nutritionist and sports scientist.
According to a report from Echo News, Grove initially approached Tamplin about getting involved, with the Billericay owner developing the role specifically with “Goliath” in mind.
“We spoke on Twitter, he liked the community work I was doing and wanted to be part of it,” Tamplin explained.
The signing of Grove was announced as part of a raft of new additions at the club, with seven new players already recruited for the season ahead.
That number includes Louie Theophanous, a 25-year-old striker who has scored 20 goals in each of his past five seasons and has actually worked as a body-double for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Billericay Town went viral last season after a video featuring the team and owner/manager Tamplin singing along to the emotive R. Kelly hit “The World’s Greatest” ahead of a cup match, found its way online.
The video may have been the source of much amusement to football fans, but Tamplin is deadly serious when it comes to helping Billericay achieve big things having already recruited star players Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara on lucrative deals last season.
The owner of AGP Steel, the British millionaire and investor is also a born again Christian who appears determined to put his wealth to good use.
Earlier this year, Tamplin donated £45,000 to the family of Harry Parker, a seven-year-old boy with cerebral palsy that required a life-changing operation.
Things are looking up for Billericay and, with Tamplin on board, loaded is wishing them the best of luck for the season ahead. It’s sure to be an interesting ride for all involved.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.