FOOTBALL: It was good to get back into a bit of ‘proper’ football work last week with the announcement of the signing of Jamar Loza, writes Mark Hearle.
I had taken a bit of a risk when mentioning it in last week’s column because at that stage there were still a few of ‘Ts’ that needed a cross but I was confident that all would go ahead and thankfully (for me!) everything dropped into place.
Announcing signings from a football club’s point of view is probably more difficult now than it ever has been.
Since the invention of social media, it’s almost impossible to keep ‘big’ news stories quiet until you want to make an announcement officially.
However, we do manage to make a decent job of it here and mostly, with everyone’s co-operation, are usually first to get the story out.
I think Jamar’s signing sends out a good message to the rest of the National League. He is a proven performer at this level and has the very important weapon of pace and is a direct runner, which is always a defender’s worst nightmare.
I had a look at the messages of best wishes from fans at Woking, Jamar’s club last season, and all were very disappointed that he had decided to move closer to his Norwich base.
That just goes to show we have got a good signing on our hands and one, I am sure, will prove to be very popular with the supporters.
It’s important that we make the right signings that give us a real chance to establish the club at this level and this, along with the signing of Alex Brown, goes a way to show that the club are gearing up to be as competitive as is possible.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse said he was pleased to get Jamar to the club. “He’s a big strong lad and direct with it,” said the manager. “He has bags of experience at this level of football and has a good temperament. He will add another dimension to the group of players I already have here. I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming months.”
The 26-year-old Jamaican international, who started his career at Norwich City, joined the Linnets from Chelmsford City, having spent last season playing in the National League on loan at Woking.
“The National League is a tough league,” he said. “I played in it last season with Woking, who were promoted from the National League South the season before, and we did really well.
The Kingston-born forward has played four times for the Jamaica national side, helping them win the 2014 Caribbean Cup. He also scored in his only match for the u23 team, during an Olympic qualifying tournament.
He moved to the UK as a youngster and is already familiar with several of the Linnet players.
“I know Aaron Jones, Sam Kelly, Sonny Carey and have been doing some training sessions with Rory McAuley to keep fit,” said the new signing.
“Michael Clunan was a team mate in the Norwich youth team and we’ve all kept in touch, so it probably won’t come as a surprise to them that I’ve signed.”