Welcome to Nicky Ajose, who today finally put pen to paper. The fee was obviously undisclosed but it widely thought to be £800,000.
Ajose was expected to sign for a Championship club with Birmingham and Bristol City both interested. The Blues were said to have had a bid of £500,000 turned down as Swindon chairman Lee Power hung on for more.
Ajose had a belter of a season scoring 24 goals in 38 games finishing 2nd top league scorer behind on-fire Will Grigg. Swindon obviously saw something in the 24-year old picking him up from Leeds on a free. He never scored for Leeds but was never given a chance as they churned through managers Charlton style and was farmed out on loan to Crewe where he scored 8.
Prior to Leeds, who paid Peterborough £150,000 in August 2014, he played for 5 clubs on loan scoring in spates but obviously not settling. His last loan before his transfer to Leeds was at Swindon incidentally where he banged in 6 in 12 starts. Swindon fans were pretty resigned to him leaving but they will miss Ajose, whose record for the Robins in two spells was 30 goals in just 50 starts.
Ajose signed professional terms with Man United at the age of 17 and was signed by Darren Ferguson when Sir Alex’s son was manager of Peterborough. Ajose never made a first team appearance at Old Trafford but impressed in a loan spell at home town club, and our first League One opponents, Bury. His record as a young player at Posh wasn’t too shabby either, but I wonder why he was farmed out on loan so regularly.
It is surprising that a Championship club didn’t take a gamble on Ajose, but all of his 65 league goals have come in the lower two divisions. His record is impressive though and he has a lot to prove. I can’t help be reminded of an ex-Addick you may have heard off, Clive Mendonca. He was Grimsby’s top scorer the season before we signed him. Surely not?
In other non-breaking news Russell Slade unveiled his new Head of Sports Science Carl Serrant. He was previously in that role at QPR and played professionally for Bury and Newcastle. Welcome Carl.