9 Rob Duffy Profile
Rob Duffy scored goals aplenty at Oxford United and Mansfield Town, as well as pitching in with 9 at Grimsby Town. Brother Dean let David have him after a poor time at Newport County, back in his native Wales. He may have a relaxed style on him but this lad can be our number 9. He is strong, good in the air and has a nose for goal on him that should a realistic tarket of 15 breached. No one fancied Simon Yeo, yet he was the last Imp to knock on the 20 goal club door. If Adam Smith and Mills can supply him with the bullets his accuracy is excellent for our level.
In two seasons he cracked 25 goals in 60 appearances for Oxford despite two months out with a broken arm. The Stags almost missed him, trialling him before The Exiles stepped in. However in the January of that season they came to their senses and brother Dean allowed David to take him on an eighteen month deal. David Holdsworth gave him a two year deal where he bagged 28 League goals in 81 BSP appearances, that effectively saved the Stags who were hanging on by their antlers that year. Grimsby came in with an undisclosed fee in the winter window and offered terms that the Stags were unable to match at the time. The deal was completed three days before the January window closed.
When we ran the story that rivals Grimsby Town and Lincoln City had failed to agree terms over out of favour Robert Duffy back on Jan 27th this year we got some abuse. That was mild compared to the swipe from Mariners’ chairman John Fenty, who Tagged him as a mistake. So we not only have a lad with ability, but one who is eager to prove people wrong. His strike rate – 9 goals in all competitions or 1 every 140 mins – as a bit part-player, suggests the bar is already somewhat higher than we have come to expect from a Sincil striker for some time.
David Holdsworth has however always remained a big fan and vowed to go back for him at the end of the season after we failed to get him in the January window. This lad has the ability we need and has to be seen as a marque signing
Under Holdsworth at Mansfield Town, the striker duly helped to steer them away from relegation at a time when the club had no cash. He can certainly do the job we need at 6′ 2″ and 13 stone 10lb. The former Wales U21 is a real battler but still failed to dislodge hit-man-Hearn and Elding, despite 9 goals from his 19 starts and 20 substitute appearances. He certainly has a pedigree at this level as his stats below show,
2011/12 stats (all as a Mariner)
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Posted on July 21, 2012, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Grimsby Town FC, Lincoln City Squad 2012/13, Mansfield Town, Newport County, Oxford United. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.