The Wales coach has been a man in demand. “I’ve spoken to ITV, BBC, Radio Wales and a few others, it’s been crazy! I’ll be glad to have my normal life back.”
When Wayne is not having a kickabout or coaching Street Football Wales’s (SFW) 2019 team, he works as a vendor development worker at The Big Issue’s Cardiff office, helping vendors in the Welsh capital.
Even that role seemed a world away just six years ago. He was sofa-surfing and struggling with substance abuse after being released from prison in 2013.
This year’s tournament is being held in Bute Park, where he spent his time while he was homeless.
“Having the chance to coach the team in Cardiff is phenomenal, especially in Bute Park,” he says. “When I was homeless and addicted to drugs, I used to walk along Bute Park with nothing. I was desperate, I was desolate, I was alone, I was isolated. I used to walk around there with desperation, thinking: ‘What am I going to do? Where am I going to go?’ And now six years later I’m coaching the Welsh squad at the Homeless World Cup in the same place where I was falling apart.”