Jake Thomson signs for Exeter

Friday, 2 July 2010

Finally. Some actual news to talk about rather than musing on who won't be coming to Exeter. City have signed Jake Thomson. He's a winger. You might remember one of those. We had a couple back in the Conference, under the names of Wayne Carlisle and Lee Elam. Although he can also play in defence or in the middle. Just the type of player that fits into Tisdale's system.

Thomson's also an international player, for Trinidad & Tobago no less, and was released by Southampton at the end of last season. The 21-year-old has made 14 senior appearances for the Saints and has had loan spells with Bournemouth and more recently, Torquay.

In short, he's exactly the sort of player that Tisdale likes. Young, with a lot of potential and a bit of versatility on the pitch. Plus he'll add some much needed pace to the squad. Torquay and Trinidad fans seem to rate him as a player who could be a talent if treated right.

Whether he'll be an automatic starter remains to be seen, but he fills a gap in the squad that we've not really had since Carlisle moved to Torquay United a couple of years ago.

So, yes, that's a couple of positions where we needed cover added to. All we need is a couple of strikers and we're in business. It's all a bit too relaxing.

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In other news, Neil Saunders has retired at the age of 27 after being released by us, which is a shame as the boy had talent but also horrendous luck with injuries.

I was at that Port Vale pre-season game where Nelly got injured and it was such a nothing tackle. Saunders just bumped into the defender, sat down on the grass and took around 18 months to get anywhere near fitness.

Tisdale was a big fan of Saunders and would have definitely started him that season, why Gianluca Vialli was known to be a fan when Nelly was a Watford trainee. Perhaps if we'd still been in the Conference, he had been a key player for us.

Sadly, that's a potential talent (I say potential as we never really saw the best of him even when fit) gone the way of knee injuries. Best of luck for the future Neil.

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