Maidenhead United’s Clerima is already a catwalk king and today he’s looking to strut his stuff in the FA Cup against Rotherham!
By day, the 29-year-old belongs to one of the UK’s top modelling agencies, working for a number of high street chains and fashion labels.
But, come Saturdays, he swaps his designer threads for the black and white stripes of Maidenhead United, where he is also making a pretty big name for himself.
The French-born defender was part of the Magpies side that saw off National League South leaders Wealdstone in the last round to earn a high-profile draw against League One side Rotherham United at York Road this Saturday.
And although Clerima is well used to performing in front of the cameras in his modelling work, he admits he’ll get an altogether different buzz when the Millers roll into town.
The former Histon and Brackley Town man, who followed boss Alan Devonshire to York Road from Braintree Town, told The Non-League Paper last Sunday that he couldn’t wait to take on Rotherham.
“It’s an exciting draw and we can’t wait to get out there,” he said. “I’ve done the modelling for six years now so I’m used to being behind the camera, but whether it’s on TV or not, it’s about being part of something and playing in the big games. That’s where I get my buzz.
“Rotherham are one of the big League One clubs so it will be a tough game. But we pride ourselves here in being difficult to break down and I don’t think they’ll fancy coming down here.
“This place has a rich history and have a special affinity with the FA Cup over the years. It’s a real community club and it’s those people, who come down to support us, who we want to win for.
“We’re expecting a big crowd here on the day, hopefully we can give them something to cheer about.”
Clerima, however, has his own personal battle to win before next Saturday’s game after limping off with a dead leg in the 1-1 draw with AFC Fylde last Tuesday night.
That ruled him out of last weekend’s trip to Aldershot Town and Clerima was desperate to recover in time to make himself available for selection for the visit of Paul Warne’s men.
“It’s a bit of a setback but hopefully it’s nothing too serious,” added Clerima, who netted a 90th-minute winner for the Magpies to beat National League high-fliers Solihull Moors two weeks ago.
“I’ve been told to rest up and hopefully I’ll be good to go again next Saturday,” he added. “There’s a good vibe about the place right now. Hopefully we can continue that into Saturday.”