HEREFORD United midfielder Ian Rodgerson is all set to pick up the 'magic sponge' when his playing career finishes.

The 33-year-old has developed a sideline as a physiotherapist, helping to treat his Edgar Street team-mates.

Rodgerson hopes to complete his qualifications this summer, saying: "I have passed the first part of the diploma, and I will be up at Lilleshall for the first two weeks in June.

"It is something that really interests me and after my diploma I would like to keep working at the club."

Rodgerson hands the sponge over to club physio Simon Thompson on matchdays. "I am always talking to Simon, getting good feedback and letting him know how injuries are going. It is a bit of a team effort really.

"I think it is very beneficial having such close contact with the players. It helps when you know them as a person, especially when they are injured."

But Rodgerson has no intention of concentrating full-time on physiotherapy just yet, particularly as he has starred for the Bulls during their 10-match unbeaten run.

"Since losing Mark Taylor the boss has put me in the middle of midfield and I am really enjoying it. I am in the game a lot more and am in a little bit of form at the moment.

"Confidence is good and we are going out and winning matches."

Rodgerson says United must keep believing they can still overhaul the 15-point deficit on leaders Kidderminster Harriers.

"Kidderminster are doing well and are showing signs of a promotion-winning side. All we can do is keep going and keep winning games."