IT’S good to see Ross Staley back at Taunton Town, but fans of his left foot may have to wait a while for him to get serious game time.

The club announced last Thursday that the 25-year-old had agreed to rejoin the Peacocks after two years Down Under.

Bristol Rovers youth product Staley joined Town from Hereford in October 2016, playing his part in their Southern League promotion push - finally achieved in April 2018.

Staley had departed in January of that year, to play and coach at Rockingham City and then Eastern Lions in Australia, but was an important factor in the eventual title win.

He scored 12 goals in 27 full and five substitute appearances in the 2016/17 season, and 10 goals from 23 starts (plus 10 as sub) in 2017/18.

Not bad for a player who was fielded at full-back and wing-back, as well as a more orthodox winger or attacking midfielder, during that time.

That was at Division 1 level, admittedly, and Staley will take time to get up to speed.

Peacocks boss Rob Dray told me: “He’s a bit off match fitness, but we’re working on it.”

He’s likely to be restricted to cameo appearances for the foreseeable future, but even then he’s a handy option to bring off the bench if Taunton are chasing a breakthrough in a tight game.

He also provides competition for Lewis Hall and Shane White - plus on-loan West Brom winger Owen Windsor - down the left of the team.

Asked whether he sees Staley as more of a winger or wing-back, Dray said: “He can do both.

“He’s a great lad to have in the dressing room, he’s got quality and he’s left-footed.”

That left-footedness makes him something of a rarity in the Taunton squad, and adds to his appeal in getting him back on board.

Those who remember his previous spell at the club will recall a player with spark, creativity and a nose for goal.

As the Peacocks aim to hold on to their spot in the play-off places - or perhaps dream of better yet - those attributes could prove priceless in the run-in to the finish line.