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.
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