Long-serving King's Lynn Town goalkeeper says his success story is a lesson to young West Norfolk sports stars
Alex Street says his success at King's Lynn Town is a lesson to young West Norfolk sports stars to never give up on their dream.
His career has had its fair share of bumps along the way, but the Linnets goalkeeper hasn't looked back since establishing himself as the club's number one.
First plucked out of village football for Wisbech Town, Street has grown as a player and a person since arriving at the Walks as a teenager back in 2010.
After keeping 19 clean sheets and just missing out on promotion in 2017/18, the shotstopper went one step better by helping the club to Step 2 football last term and winning the Southern League Golden Gloves Award with it.
Street said: "I've had to learn a little bit along the way, but it proves you can do anything if you're good enough and willing to work hard.
"A lot of the lads have come from academy and proper youth backgrounds, whereas I've just come from village football.
"It's also tougher for goalkeeper's as there's not a lot of coaching available in the area. I know that there are a few people who do sessions, but as a young goalie you do have to work that little bit harder.
"If you believe and work hard enough good things can happen.If you are willing to go out and achieve your goals, you can end up playing for a King's Lynn Town or a local club."
Street has kept 127 shut-outs in 422 appearances between the posts and on his Golden Gloves accolade he said: "It's nice to win it, especially after the start we had.
"It's the first Golden Glove that I've ever won and hopefully we can go on and keep a few more clean sheets next season."
Whereas other players are lured away by offers of big money, Street's loyalty to his home town has never been in question.
Now, with the help of assistant manager and record-breaking goalkeeper Paul Bastock, the 27-year-old can start to focus on playing at the highest level of football in his sphere.
"I can't wait," admitted Street.
"It's a new level and a new standard, but hopefully we can kick on and have a real go at it.
"We've got to learn the league very quickly and we know that there will be a difference in quality.
"I would like to go for 10-plus clean sheets, which I think is achievable, but I’ll have to be at my best every week.
"Paul (Bastock) has been brilliant for me. From his service to his technical help, he's really pushed me.
"We are quite similar characters and I'm so looking forward to working with him again next season."
Street was delighted to agree terms for another campaign and director of football Robbie Back is equally-thrilled at persuading the popular 'Pedro' to remain at the Walks.
Back said: "Getting Peds to sign is massive for us, there are not enough superlatives for him.
"He was the best goalkeeper in the Southern League last season and is perhaps one of the best goalkeepers the club has ever had, so it was vital to get him to sign.
"As well as being a very good goalkeeper, he is liked by everyone at the club and he also plays a huge part in the dressing room."