Leigh De-Vulgt celebrates testimonial year with Port Talbot
LEIGH De-Vulgt is celebrating his testimonial season after ten years with Port Talbot.
De-Vulgt began his career at Swansea City after coming through the club's youth system and went on to play for Llanelli, Merthyr Tydfil and Carmarthen Town.
He arrived at the GenQuip Stadium back in 2004, and will mark a decade of service with a number of events throughout the campaign.
"From January onwards we'll hopefully have a few things lined up," he said. "We're looking to have a dinner with a couple of guest speakers and hopefully get everyone together for a game.
"We're trying to get a Premier League club which would be great, for not just me but the football club as well. I think we're also going to try to arrange a golf day but that would be later in the season. I don't want to overkill it but it's nice to get everybody involved,"
With more than 230 league appearances under his belt, De-Vulgt has been part of a Port Talbot side that have reached cup finals and challenged for Europe in recent years.
"On a personal level, I don't have any bad memories as such because they're all learning experiences," he said.
"I joined the club when I was 22 and I'm 32 now, so it's been a long time. The highlight has to be getting into Europe and I think that took the club onto another level, but they're all good memories and I've never wanted to leave, even when I've not been playing. It comes down to how much do you want to play for the club. They took me on and I feel you always want to give something back, all the time, even when you're not in the side and I've never wanted to leave, ever. Hopefully, I can do a bit more in terms of coaching at the club, with the youth team.
"The club have been good enough to put me on my badges and I want to put something back in."