2nd March 2012

Cowdenbeath goalkeeper Thomas Flynn has made a recent transition from full time to part time football, and while relishing the opportunity to feature in regular first team games and play an important role in his side’s successful season,  he has found it difficult to begin a new career outside of the game.

Thomas sought assistance from PFA Scotland and  here he explains a little about his recent career and how he is now moving forward.

“I started my career at Hibs when I was sixteen, was involved in and around the first team from eighteen before being released at the age of twenty.  I had enjoyed loan spells at Alloa and Albion Rovers and therefore was happy to get the chance to sign for Cowdenbeath after leaving Easter Road.”

Thomas continued “I found the move to part time football tricky in that although I really enjoy the playing side, the financial aspect of only having a part time wage has been difficult to adjust to.  I was therefore desperate to begin full time employment outside football, and having contacted PFA Scotland they began to use all their contacts to set up meetings and interviews aimed at providing employment opportunities for me.”

“These included some meetings with senior staff from the Cheque Centre who sponsor PFA Scotland’s annual awards dinner.  As a result of these chats I was offered an interview with an Area Manager, who in turn was impressed with how I had presented myself and with the attitude I had shown in wanting the position.  I have now been offered a short term contract with the Cheque Centre, and I cannot wait to start the new job-hopefully it is a good start in the next chapter of my career.”