7 Wade Fairhurst
The Imps capture of former Doncaster Rovers, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Hereford United and Macclesfield Town striker Waide Fairhurst is remarkable both for his talent and the fact that he opted to rejoin Simmo at well below the deal offered by another BSP club.
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Wade is coming here to score goals and he will be lethal in either an advanced central midfield or poacher striking role. His technique is a cut above, his instincts are inspirational, why if he had a little more pace he would be a championship player and no mistake. If Rowe and Newton can supply the service, he and Nick Wright could even eclipse the partnership we saw from Forrester and Stallard in Schofield’s side of 2006/7.
A prolific youth striker for Doncaster Rovers Wade scored two goals in two starts after signing his first pro deal. It was hard for the youngster to break into the Rovers first 11 during his three year deal, which showed faith in itself. His debut came against Coventry, with Doncaster enjoying a phase in the Championship following a meteoric rise, playing it has to be said, some princely passing football. Wade provided an assist against Palace, then scored against WBA and Ipswich.
With chances few and far between in the Championship, Waide went on loan to Shrewsbury, in October 2009, grabbing 4 goals in 10 appearances. Alas he was forced to cut the loan short and returned to Rovers in the December thanks to injury. After 6 weeks out with a broken toes he got two goalless opportunities against WBA and Ipswich. The following season Southend took him for a month before Hereford stepped in during Feb 2010. He bagged a brace on his debut against Cheltenham, scored two games later in the 1-1 draw with Northampton, before failing to find the net in a further dozen games in a struggling side.
Simmo signed him for Macc and it is fair to say he began to blossom after Gary left. Last season Waide hit 13 goals in 43 games for the Silkmen, including braces against Woking and Braintree. He is not the tallest, but he has a competitive streak about him. He has a good touch and the look of a young Jamie Taylor about him. His first touch is championship level and his predatory instincts first class. He got two thirds of 79 shots on target last season, adding 3 assists to his decent 13 goal tally.
This signing is another example of the craft Simmo has learned from Keith Alexander. He waited patiently as the clock clicked passed his 24th birthday on May 7th. This allowed teams to sign him for free as soon as the two-year deal he signed in 2011, came to an end in June. However, Maccs financial state ahead of a planned takeover(there are rumours of late payments to players), allowed his former gaffer to sign him.
Welcome aboard Waide,
|FULL NAME||Waide Simon Fairhurst|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7 May 1989 (age 24)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sheffield, England|
|HEIGHT||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 11 st (69.84kg)|
|CONTRACT: ONE YEAR (PLUS OPTION)|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
|2009||Solihull Moors (loan)||5||(2)|
|2009–2010||Shrewsbury Town (loan)||10||(4)|
|2010||Southend United (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011||Hereford United (loan)||16||(3)|
Posted on July 11, 2013, in Imps Squad Player Pics, Squad, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Hereford United, Lincoln Cty FC, Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Waide Fairhurst. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.