Uddingston Cricket Club’s former international star Paul Hoffmann is preparing to go home to Australia with fond memories of his 16 years in Lanarkshire.
The 43-year-old will return to his native Queensland with wife Lynette and family to launch a bakery and cafe business.
Hoffmann helped Uddingston win the Scottish Cup three times and won more than 100 caps for his adopted Scotland.
Looking back on his successful years at Bothwell Castle Policies, Hoffmann said: “The highlight was Uddingston winning the Scottish Cup in 2003 for the first time.
“We went on to get back to back wins in 2010 and 2011, but that first victory against West of Scotland was extra-special, particularly because it was a very close game.”
The last couple of seasons have been frustrating for Hoffmann with injury curtailing his playing and the weather doing its best to wreck his efforts as the club’s groundsman.
He said: “I was due to get an operation on my shoulder in November, but I have put that off until I get back to Australia.
“Getting the business started will be the main concern.”
Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker, out on Wednesday.