Glenn Main taking one day at a time as he enters 19th season with Nairn County in the Highland League
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Glenn Main had more reason than most at Nairn County to lament the Covid-19 lockdown.
Entering the 18th year of an extraordinary one-club career, the versatile defender felt father time ticking as his 35th and 36th birthdays passed without kicking a ball.
Now approaching his 19th campaign with the Wee County, Main is hungry to seize every opportunity.
“Obviously time is running out on the old career, so to lose over a year was a big hit for me,” the 36-year-old said.
“The young boys in the squad have 10-plus years ahead, if they want it. I can’t look too far beyond the next 10 months! It certainly feels more precious at this stage in my career.”
Those who follow Nairn know Main’s value, not just defensively but as a player who can perform consistently well in almost any role. So long as the legs hold out, manager Ronnie Sharp is sure to keep calling upon him.
“I’m fit and active – as a scaffolder, I’m always on the go,” Main said.
“I’m also in training for this October’s London Marathon. It gives me a good base fitness, but it can be tricky juggling long runs with work and training twice-a-week, while staying fresh for matches.
“But I feel good. I’ve been incredibly lucky with injuries. I broke a pinky toe once, and that’s it.”
First signed in August 2003, in Ronnie Sharp’s first managerial spell, Main stands at 447 appearances and 17 goals for Nairn. The third league match this season, at home to Deveronvale, would take him to 450.
“It would be a good landmark, but it is something I’ll look back on more once I’ve retired. I’m only looking forward now,” he stressed.
“I’m shocked I’ve managed to play so long and make that many appearances.
“Looking ahead, it is a wee bit of the unknown this season with teams not really knowing what to expect after the gap in playing and with so many friendlies postponed. It is going to be very unpredictable.”