During a busy summer Diamonds Manager Andy Peaks was able to agree with striker Jake Newman that he would rejoin the club for its 2016/17 campaign. News of the other summer player movements are detailed in a separate article here.
Jake is still only 24 years of age. and joins the club after a successful spell at Stamford in the Northern Premier League (Step 3), where he scored 8 goals in 19 appearances from the start of 2016.
Speaking about his return to the club, Jake told afcdiamonds.com “I am really delighted to have signed for Diamonds after 3 years of being away. I really enjoyed my time here in my first spell and hopefully next season will end with the same result, promotion. Some fans will remember me leaving for Kettering and may remind me of that but hopefully after the first couple of weeks of the season that will be long forgotten if we’re winning and I’m scoring. I’ve had a couple of seasons at a few clubs and scored a lot of goals and I’m really enjoying my football again so hopefully that will continue into this season. Hopefully with my experience and goals from last season in the Northern Premier League in both the Premier and First Divisions that will help us push towards winning what will be a very tough league! I just want to thank Peaksy for bringing me back to the club and hopefully we as a team won’t let him or the fans down.”
Diamonds Manager Andy Peaks also commented on the move “I’m really pleased Jake has returned to the club, i have kept tabs on him since he left us and he has gone out and consistently scored goals at this level and also at a level above. I spoke to Jake when he was at Spalding and we couldn’t get anything sorted then, so he went to Stamford at Step 3 and continued to score. In hindsight he probably shouldn’t have left first time but it was an opportunity to good to turn down. I am sure he will continue where he left off and i know he can’t wait to get started.”