Gibraltar International goalkeeper Jordan Perez, 30, has decided to leave St Joseph’s and take a break from football both domestically and internationally until the end of the season. Rumours of his discontent surfaced immediately after the club had announced the appointment of Raul Procopio as manager of the club following the departure of Alfonso Cortijo Cabrera to the Chinese Super League. It is well known that Procopio’s initial arrival at Lincoln Red Imps was the catalyst for Perez to leave the Imps but speaking to GFT, Perez indicates that this decision has not been made on a whim.
I’ve decided to take a break from football for the remainder of this season. I am not enjoying it anymore and before I completely fall out of love with the game and retire I believe I need a break both domestically and internationally. I’ve been contemplating this for a while, and I think that taking a break right now is whats best for me. Perhaps I may be wrong and I may realise I want to continue. Therefore I shall be training aside to keep fit, but as it stands I dont feel I can give the level of commitment that is required if I’m not enjoying it.
Perez has made a total of 32 league appearances for St Joseph’s in his one and a half years with the South District club and has currently amassed 17 caps for Gibraltar internationally since UEFA acceptance. Perez will be remembered for his penalty save from Bastian Schweinsteiger in the Euro Qualifiers against Germany in Faro. It remains to be seen whether Perez will added to his caps total as we wait until the summer and the start of the 17/18 season to find out his final decision. In the meantime however, his departure opens the door for more game time to St Joseph’s young local players to start games for the club.