Walton Casuals manager Anthony Gale believes Jack Sammoutis could become the latest non-league star to reach the Football League but will remain a Stag this season.
The boss has also welcomed three new signings to the club in recent weeks, with Matt Anton, Jahmahl King and Tom Richards all completing moves to Church Road.
The Stags lie two points off the play-offs with 14 league games remaining, and the new trio will provide some well-needed depth to the squad as the finale on 22 April draws closer. Speaking to waltoncasuals.com, Gale was delighted to announce his new arrivals. He said:
“I think one thing that has been evident in recent months, given our indifferent form, is that we’ve needed to add depth to our squad. I’m extremely pleased with the players we currently have; however, we need options to bring on and be able to change the game.”
Anton joins from Godalming Town after prolific spells at Godalming & Farncombe and Guildford City under assistant manager Dean Thomas, while King returns to the club after a brief spell in 2012. The central defender boasts a wealth of Ryman League experience and last featured for Carshalton Athletic.
“The signing of Matt Anton will bring us a different option within the forward line. He comes with pace and most definitely an eye for goal. I have been an admirer of Jahmahl King since I’ve been in management, and his experience and knowledge of the game will be so important to us at this stage of the season. Given his ability to communicate, especially with our squad being so young, I feel he can point us in the right direction.”
At the age of just 22 former Fulham full-back Richards has already made 46 appearances for AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot Town, and returns from a half-season spell at FC Kitzbühel.
“Tom Richards is in a position where he has been playing in Austria and needs to regain fitness to return to a professional club in the summer. He will be playing the next 14 games for us, and I am extremely excited to see what he can achieve over this time. One thing we promise to all our players is that we are not just developing as a club, but we develop individuals. We look forward to helping bring his game to the next level.”
Gale is also expecting big things from Cypriot Under-21 international Sammoutis, who has sparked plenty of interest with 13 goals this season. The midfielder also joined from abroad in 2015 and has gone on to impress many during his 73 appearances. Gale added:
“With the amount of people talking in football, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Jack Sammoutis. Myself and Jack have an extremely close relationship – I’ve known the boy since he was 14 years of age and our relationship is built on trust. He gives me 100% and I’ll always give him the same back. Jack will be with us for the remainder of the season, but with a view in returning to the professional game next year. With a host of non-league and professional clubs coming down to watch us recently, it tells you what interest this lad has generated.
“I believe he is good enough to play at a National League or League Two level. If the right opportunity comes along under the right manager, I’m sure Jack would love to take it. But until that moment comes, Jack will continue to play for Walton Casuals with a level head and continuing as the dedicated footballer and nice young man he is.”
Walton Casuals will hope to continue their fine home form when hosting Sittingbourne on Saturday 28 January.