Former Orient and current Welling Town man
Full Name; Loick Pires
Date Of Birth; 20/11/89
Place Of Birth; London
Height; 6 ft 3
Current Club; Welling United
GETTING TO KNOW ‘Loick Pires’
Most famous person on your mobile?
Paul Davis, Arsenal legend
Best place you’ve ever been too?
The best place I’ve been is probably the south of France
Favourite television program?
Scrubs is by far the best thing on TV
Who Was/Is You favourite Sportsman?
The Brazilian Ronaldo
Football team Do You Support?
Best Film Ever?
10 things I hate about you
Who would you sing on stars in your eyes?
Pharrell – Frontin
What’s your signature dish?
Cous cous with Halloumi cheese
You spent a part of your youth career at Stoke was you disappointed when it didn’t work out?
It’s always disappointing when a move doesn’t work out but I learnt alot up there and it put me in good stead.
Was it hard moving away from your London home to be part of the Stoke set up?
It was at first but moving away is one of the sacrifices you make when you’re trying become a footballer.
Were you always confident you had the ability to be a professional footballer?
Yeah I always believed in myself as long as I worked hard and stayed focused.
In 2006 you joined the Leyton Orient academy and spent two years before you signed on professional terms, do you think you learned a lot during this time?
Yes I did. It’s always an important time when you’re a scholar but I felt I took things on board well and always connected with the coaches.
When you signed your first professional contract did you feel you had “made it?”
The term “made it” is a matter of opinion. And my opinion is, I won’t make it until I fulfill my goal. Which is to play in the premier league!
You played 15 first team games for Orient but could never hold down a place in the side, what do you think the reason was for this? Was the level too much for you?
No it wasn’t too much for me at all. I think the one reason was I wasn’t given a fair chance. Which is understandable as the club was always in a relegation battle so it’s difficult to throw youngsters in those situations.
In May 2010 Orient decided not to offer you a new contract and you left as a free agent, according to reports you had offers from League Two side Barnet but decided to drop 3 levels to sign for Welling United, what were the reasons behind this?
At this point of my career I need to be playing regular football and I didn’t think I would be given that chance at Barnet so I spoke to a few clubs and decided that Welling would be best for me as I liked what the manager had planned for the upcoming season.
Are you still confident of making it in the Football Leagues?
Yes I’m very confident.
Do you see Welling United a stepping stone to get you back into the Football Leagues?
I’d like to have success at Welling both individually and as a team. I believe I can win things there.
Your English but have both Portuguese and Congolese background would you be happy to represent any of these countries at international level?
Yeah I’d be happy to represent any of them but preferably England as I’ve spent most of my life here.
Now moving back to the club football, where do you see yourself in say, four years time?
Hopefully playing premier league and champions league football having just come back from winning the world cup
Whilst on the topic of the future, let’s move forward 15 years time. Do you still wish to be involved in football or do you see yourself in a different career?
Yeah I’d like to stay in football in some capacity as I don’t mind coaching but I have interests in art and literature too I’m might get into that too.
Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
Last season the biggest moaner was JJ Melligan. Moaned about most things
The hard man of the group?
Ben Chorley. He used to box when he was younger and supports Millwall. You do the math
Who’s the quickest?
Harry Baker, he’s at Dover now and is probably the quickest player in the league.
Tamika Mkandawire, centre half but very skilful.
I’ll say myself to save anyone else embarrassment!
The joker/ funny man?
Andrew Cave Brown and Sean Thornton.
Who’s got the best banter?
James Scowcroft always knew how to get under peoples skin.
I’d say it was a toss up between me and Ben Chorley.
Harry baker. Lucky he’s a talented footballer coz he’s not the smartest.
Worst taste in music?
Adrian Patulea. I’m not a fan of trance.
Who chooses the CD on the team coach/ dressing room?
Any one of the Essex boys. Jason Demetriou Charlie Daniels.
Worst dress sense?
Sean Thornton. He only wears tracksuits.
Worst dancer was Adrian Patulea
Who’s longest in the shower?
Jonathan Tehoue….. Took ages.
Thanks for your time and the best of luck in the future.