Essex Senior League: Ilford manager Allan Fenn unhappy to be losing midfielder Leon Rolle, DJ Locksmith of Rudimental, to Katy Perry!

PUBLISHED: 14:30 29 September 2016

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford manager Allan Fenn (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Member of Rudimental was Foxes man of the match on Tuesday night during their 3-0 win at Takeley in the second round of Essex Senior Cup

Ilford manager Allan Fenn is gutted midfielder Leon Rolle won’t be available for the club in the near future.

The Foxes boss lavished praise on the ex-Haringey Borough captain after Tuesday’s win at Takeley.

Rolle was given man of the match following the 3-0 victory in the second round of the Essex Senior Cup.

But the central midfielder, more commonly known as DJ Locksmith and part of the band Rudimental, has some other more important commitments coming up.

“He has to go to a recording studio with Katy Perry in December and I did ask him if he could take me with him,” revealed Fenn.

“We’ll miss him then but it is great to have him around now and his personality lights up the room. That’s not because of what he has done but because of the person he is and we’d love to have him available all season.”

While Rolle is more famous for his role in the hugely successful band Rudimental, he has generally hit the right notes when it comes to football too.

And Fenn first struck up a friendship with the midfielder almost 10 years ago at another non-league club.

He said: “When I took over at Haringey as manager in 2007, Leon Rolle had just left and we were at the bottom of the Spartan South Midlands Division One.

“I spoke to him, brought him back in and his attitude and desire impressed me so much that I made him captain. He was only 20-years-old at the time but we want on to win the cup that season and get promotion.”

Fenn was full of praise for Rolle and the rest of his Rudimental band-mates after earning a huge amount of recognition in recent years.

But the Ilford manager was quick to point out that the midfielder is in his squad because of his footballing talents.

Rolle has made sporadic appearances for the Foxes over the past two season’s, but is now a firm part of the squad and the Cricklefield club love having him around.

“Leon, Kesi (Dryden), Piers (Agget) and Amir (Amor) used to work their socks off and would be outside Ministry of Sound in the early hours giving out CD’s,” said Fenn.

“Now they are getting the reward of hard work and I couldn’t be more pleased for them, but that’s not the reason Leon is playing for us. It is because he is a very good footballer.

“He is my best mate but he is in the team because he deserves to be. He was my man of the match on Tuesday and we treat him like one of the lads because that’s exactly what he is and he’s brilliant to have around.”

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