Sutton United’s new recruit Jamie Slabber has spent time at the very top level of football, and he wants to bring his considerable experience and goalscoring prowess to Gander Green Lane.
The 28-year-old striker fell under the charms of United boss Paul Doswell at the end of last season and has signed a two-year deal.
Doswell is hoping Slabber and fellow new boy Jamie Taylor will form a striking partnership that will bring goals.
And it seems a safe bet, as Slabber fired 28 goals for Chelmsford City last term as the Clarets made the Blue Square South play-offs, only to fall at the last hurdle.
Slabber said: “I know Jamie [Taylor] from our days at Grays Athletic together, and although I only saw him play a few times because he was injured, I could see he was a lively striker.
“I put him in the Jermaine Defoe bracket – always busy, whereas I am a target man, so hopefully he can feed off me and we can get the goals.
“If I am on my own up front, I am a sort of fox in the box. I am not sure I scored any goals from outside the area last season.”
It is not only goals that Slabber brings to United. He also has a wealth of experience, which began in 2001 as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur under Glenn Hoddle.
Slabber made just one appearance for the Spurs first team, coming on as a substitute and setting up a Teddy Sheringham goal in a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in 2003.
When Hoddle was sacked, Slabber spent time under David Pleat and Jacques Santini, but it was Martin Jol who sent Slabber packing.
He said: “I learned so much from Glenn. I will never forget that it was he who gave me my first chance in the side.
“Coming on at White Hart Lane is right up there in the special moments in my life, alongside playing for England and the birth of my daughter.
“I have learnt a great deal over the years, but I cannot imagine I can teach many of the Sutton players anything new.
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“The likes of Jamie [Stuart], Harry [Beautyman], Marvin [Williams] and Craig [Dundas] are legends in non-league football.
“All I hope I can do is add a little bit of oomph when the final push comes at the end of the season.
“Paul told me of the plans he has at Sutton, and they sound great and I really think we can achieve something this season.”