Trialist Dawkins in U23s Facing Bristol City
Monday, 7th Jan 2019 11:25
Trialist Simon Dawkins is set to play for Town’s table-topping U23s in this afternoon’s game against Bristol City at Playford Road (KO 1pm), while Tristan Nydam and Ben Morris, who are back with the Blues following their loans at St Johnstone and Forest Green Rovers, are also set to feature along with Barry Cotter.
TWTD recently revealed that Dawkins, 31, had been at Playford Road for a couple of weeks, manager Paul Lambert subsequently confirming that he was with the club.
“He's just training,” Lambert said last Monday. “Somebody I knew asked if he could come in and train. He's getting fitter and better, Simon.
“He had a massive season at Derby a few years ago when they were going for promotion. It was no problem for me. I'll just have a look at him and see how he does."
Asked what he likes about the former Tottenham academy youngster, he added: “I just think he's effective. He can make things happen at the top end of the pitch, I think that's important.
“He's a little bit down on fitness levels - that's normal - but the way he is with the ball, he's very good.”
Dawkins, who left the San Jose Earthquakes in February, had spells on loan with Leyton Orient, an earlier stint in the MLS with the Earthquakes, Aston Villa - where he was managed by Lambert - and Derby while a young player at White Hart Lane.
In January 2014 the Edgeware-born left-sided wideman was sold to Derby for £500,000 without having broken into the Spurs first team.
Following his Earthquakes departure, Dawkins came close to joining Minnesota United and then spent time on trial with League One sides Charlton and Luton in the summer but wasn’t offered terms by either club.
Gerard Nash and Chris Hogg’s U23s go into today’s game top of the Professional Development Two South table with Bristol City in fifth. The game between the sides in the West Country ended 2-0 to the Blues.
U23s: Wright, Cotter, Clements, Ndaba, Marshall, McGavin, Nydam, McKendry, Dawkins, Morris, Folami. Subs: Ware, Drinan, Dobra, El Mizouni, Webber.
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 267 bloggers
Is Lambo Playing Fantasy Football? by ElephantintheRoom
Many older supporters who know nothing and care even less about computer-based football games have a passing interest in fantasy football.
Where Next? by ElephantintheRoom
The season is over, the Lambert love-in has cooled and the dust is just about settling on the season ticket hype.
Where Might This Lead? by Moggasknockdown
As we draw stumps on the darkest season in the club’s recent history, it is hard not to reflect on Paul Lambert's efforts to revive our listing club with at least a degree of optimism for the future.
Fanstastic by LegendRay
There was quite a groundswell of opinion that no annual awards should have been given after a season like that. Except perhaps for one award that doesn’t have a category… the award for the supporters!
Eric Gates and the Great Escape by EricWark
My grandma claimed to know nothing about football. "Oh, I'll leave you men to talk about the football", she'd say, but she knew alright. She knew exactly what was going on with the Town.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]