Rod joined Exeter as a 13 year old in 1963, under the guidance of Jack Edwards, who was instrumental in further developing the youth team. He continued to play under Jack Edwards, Bert Edwards and then Ellis Studdart and Jock Basford.
Rod played for the A team in 1966.
He went on to manage Newtown in the Devon and Exeter League, and Wellington, Barnstaple, Heavitree and Dawlish Town in Western League.
In the late 70's he coached and managed the Exeter Women's team and contributed to and enabled the game to develop, when it was far from easy for those early players who often faced criticism for even playing the game. (What we currently have now did not happen by accident).