From Everton Blue Nose To Red Imp – Who Is Jon Nolan
Simmo has bagged competitive ex-Everton FC Reserve and Stockport County favourite Jon Nolan on a free. The competitive midfield general in the making is the all-round midfielder that has eluded Impdom since Michael Connor failed to join, after a fabulous loan, that saw him rise and shine at Scunthorpe United. Like Butch he is a box-to-box blue nose who is equipped to play higher, so let us chew over top Toffee and Hatter Jon Nolan.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs.
Jon went through the Everton Youth system, making regular U18 and reserve appearances. Indeed many were surprised that he did not make the cut, although David Moyes – a fan – is spoilt for choice at a youth academy that has produced Rooney et al. Everton are one of England’s giants, pipped only by the incredible financial bridge created by the Champions League, but their youth set-up, a veritable conveyor belt, has saved them the tens of millions necessary to be able to compete in the top half of the Premiership. When Jon steps out onto the Theatre of the Absurd his technical ability will shine like a sixpence up a chimney sweeps backside. Alas his Goodison dream was not to be, as he and Moses Barnett trialled at Watford, who dithered due to financial issues at the time. back in the seasonal sunset of 2010. So Jon elected instead to join Stockport along with, ex-Crewe and Macc striker John Miles and Tranmere youth product Ryan Fraughan. The competition might have been easier, but ‘from frying pan and into the fire’ comes to mind.
Stockport and the North-West clubs certainly enjoy a huge advantage over their East Midlands rivals when it comes to loans and the incredible quality of the cast-offs. Simmo’s former number two Glyn Chamberlein is still based up that way, which speaks volumes for another of football’s quiet, productive, perhaps quintessential, scouts. But when your new employers have just been relegated from the League, the baptism is bound to be harder, even at a well-supported proud club. The Imps and Hatters demise showed many parallels, one we reversed, just, this Spring. Stockport however are still in decline, with the puppet show the Hatters have going on behind the scenes, doing encore after encore it seems.
Naturally it is not easy for the players and the managers who go through the inevitable revolving door. Jon however has learned the hard way in a losing side that ultimately failed to beat the drop last term, this after a struggling season the year before. He will be one of the fittest and most technically gifted players in our side. His energy levels and strength will come into their own this season in a side that Simmo is packing full of leaders and six-foot soldiers. This will help the 21-year-old to mature, keep his head and become the complete midfield player the Imps have needed for years.
Jon chose Simmo and the Imps for football reasons, warming to the enticing words and warm reputation of Gary Simpson, a man with a vision to finally create a football club Impdom deserves. Despite a package half that of a southern based BSP club, he wants to grow under the guidance of one of the games more effective, but like himself, uncelebrated characters. Give him a huge welcome and, at times initially, a bit of patience. This lad is a Rolls Royce engine, perfect for a side that looks as if it can challenge for the play-offs and put Lincoln City back on the football map.
Welcome to Impdom Jon, stand tall, play your football and start to show what David Moyes and co saw not that long ago.
|Full name||Jon Nolan|
|Date of birth||22 April 1992 (age 21)|
|Place of birth||Huyton|
|Height/Weight||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st 5lb (72kg)|
|Playing position||Midfield General|
|Contract: One Year (plus option)|
Posted on May 25, 2013, in 0 Who Is? Or rather who are we looking at, Transfer News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Everton FC, Jon Nolan Lincoln City, Jon Nolan transfer, Stockport County FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.