Written by Ricky Carroll
Rolex continues to impress more and more when he plays. At 22 years old, he's coming off the back of an impressive campaign with Holmesdale in the SCEFL. Rolex has also cemented himself as one of the first names on the SE Dons team sheet.
He first came onto many people's radar when he appeared for a community-based football program, Street League. While playing for Street League, he played against SE Dons XIs. It's not often a defender can stand out when his team concede four goals - but Rolex was a standout performer that game. Flips and The Crook had seen enough, and they signed him soon after.
Rolex quickly settled into the XIs under the tutelage of Flips. He deservedly made his first-team debut against Groundhoppers, where his ability to read the game quickly shone through.
Since that debut, Rolex has grown in stature. He has established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet. As mentioned earlier, Rolex is brilliant at reading the game, which is a vital tool needed - for any defender hoping to progress in football.
He's brilliant at timing his tackles. When you watch him play, he's superb at picking just the right moment to make a challenge. Rolex also wins his fair share of headers - which goes back to how good he is at reading the game. He is comfortable on the ball and can often bring the ball out of defence and start attacks.
When you're a manager, you want defenders who will put their bodies on the line. Rolex is that type of defender - he's brave and will put his body on the line to keep the opposition from scoring.
His ability on the ball is one of his many outstanding qualities. He can bring the ball out of defence with elegance - which is a quality many defenders can only wish they had. When he plays right-back, he often gets forward to join in with attacks and has proven that his delivery from crosses is dangerous.
Rolex's first season at Holmesdale has been a memorable one, with him winning the club's Young Player and Players Player of the Year awards! He has enjoyed a fantastic season with SE Dons as the club is on the verge of winning back to back OBDSFL league titles. His growth over the last 12-18 months has been unbelievable.
Credit must go to the Holmesdale coaching staff - and the SE Dons coaching staff, especially Flips and Mitch, for giving Rolex the chance to play on such a big platform. At 22 years old - this young baller has time on his side - and a massive amount of talent needed to continue climbing the football pyramid.