Nalborski: Tomi hasn’t spoken to me

Krzysztof against Camarthen Town in 2011/12

Krzysztof Nalborski has certainly had a life-changing year since joining the University as a student after moving from Poznan, over 1000 miles away. As if the change in culture and lifestyle wasn’t turbulent enough, he is also a semi-professional footballer; playing in the Welsh Premier League for Aberystwyth Town last season and is now currently playing for Cymru Alliance side Penrhyncoch.

Nalborski, who played for Polonia Leszno in his native country, Poland, was also asked by Lech Poznan to sign as a youth player previously, turning down Newtown to sign for Aberystwyth in the summer of 2011.

Aberystwyth Town escaped relegation on the last day of the season and were also within touching distance of reaching the Europa League playoffs. Many thought that Nalborski (being a young local player) would still be with ‘the Seasiders’ this year, but when asked about what had happened, he said that current manager Tomi Morgan hadn’t spoken to him.

“I spoke to the Vice-Chairman David Evans at the end of last season, but Tomi didn’t speak to me at all about this season, he’s seen me play since and not said anything.”

It was also a memorable Christmas, as his parents came over from Poland to watch Nalborski play in the Boxing Day 4-1 victory over Carmarthen Town where he scored his first goal for Aberystwyth Town, providing him with his favourite moment as a player.

Speaking about last season: “It was great to play with so many players who have experience in the English and Welsh leagues, I was stressed at the beginning with all of the changes and couldn’t show my full potential as I was acclimatising.”
Although Nalborski didn’t rule out a return to Park Avenue at some point, he is enjoying his time at Penrhyncoch and attributes his arrival there to Aberystwyth University’s Sports and Activities administrator, Gavin Allen, who is coach at Penrhyncoch.

“It’s a great atmosphere at Penrhyncoch, it feels like a community, everyone gets behind you there. After leaving Aberystwyth I wanted to play more regularly and the league (Cyrmu Alliance) is a lot more physical, it’s like a fight!”

He continued, “I’ve not noticed a difference in standard between the Welsh Premier League and the Cymru Alliance (Welsh second tier). Plus it was hard so early on with so many fixtures.”

To most people, a 1000 mile move and change of lifestyle would seem like major upheaval, but the Polish winger seemed unphased and is enjoying his time in Wales so far.

“When I first arrived my English wasn’t so good and it is improving, which is good. The one thing in Poland I really miss is my family. In Wales the people are far more friendly and sociable; living standards are higher too.”

Nalborski’s Penrhyncoch side currently lie fifth in the league table and take on top of the league Ex-Welsh Premier League side Rhyl, away on Saturday 22nd September.