Anyone who watched Lewes defender Stacey Freeman toil through the mud against Potters Bar Town last weekend may be surprised to see him turn up on a desert island seven days later- but be surprised no more, as the model, who mixes the catwalk and the changing room, is starring in the E4 reality TV show Shipwrecked, which you can watch- if it's your sort of thing- here.
The series was recorded in 2018, and as such hasn't interfered too much with Stacey's football- he's made twenty six appearances for the Rooks this season- or with his modelling career. He's worked recently for Under Armour, Nike, Reebok, and Adidas, and- according to the local newspaper, the Sussex Argus, has also acted as a body double for Tottenham Hostpur's Ben Davies.
How will he do in the Cook Islands? He's not telling, and we're nowhere near hip enough to even understand the format of the show- it appears on first glance to be about modelling swimwear and shouting, but there must be more to it than that! We did ask Rooks Chair Stuart Fuller to explain it yesterday, but sadly he was no more 'down with the kids' than the rest of us (please note, we are aware that by using the phrase 'down with the kids' we'd already proved we were anything but).
Anyway, we'd like to wish him luck- not only on the show, but when fending off the stick he's going to get in the Rooks dressing room. Hopefully you'll see him on the pitch as Lewes face Dorking Wanderers at the Dripping Pan next weekend.