The 40-year-old businessman coughed up £10,000 for the privilege of summer training with cash-strapped Conference side Macclesfield, before playing for them in a friendly.
Gorfin, a Manchester United supporter who lives in the Alderley Edge village near many football stars, went through the gruelling routine of pre-season so he could be fit and ready for Macclesfield's final warm-up match of the summer, a home clash with Premier League bruisers Stoke.
But after a couple of crunching tackles and an over-enthusiastic lunge to meet a cross, Gorfin's body had taken enough punishment and he was forced off after just 10 minutes.
While acknowledging that Stoke – famous for their aggressive style of play – had knocked him about, Gorfin insisted it was a dreaded groin strain that ended his afternoon.
"You think you’d have loads of time on the ball but it's pretty mental how quick the game is and I did get smashed by one of the Stoke lads when I got one of my passes away," Gorfin, who runs a recruitment company, told the Manchester Evening News.
"I’d have loved to have got on that cross and scored but I couldn't quite sprint quickly enough to get on the end of it. I tried to put a burst on and when I stretched, that's when (the groin) went, I felt it straight away.
"I was pretty gutted, it would have been unbelievable if I'd got on the end of that and scored."
Gorfin's foray into professional football ultimately set him back a grand a minute – still, it worked out cheaper than Macclesfield's original proposal, which was 10 minutes of Conference Premier football for £20,000.
That 'offer' was widely ridiculed before being quickly withdrawn; and now the reality of ordinary people mixing it with professional athletes has hit home, such ventures will be unlikely in the future.