Date: 3rd September 2015 at 4:57pm
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Manager Teddy Sheringham made a few moves in the market ahead of the deadline window closing the other day.

First up was we secured 17 year old midfielder and second year scholar Jack Storer to his first professional contract.

Having impressed in last season’s Under 18 campaign, he was on the bench for two League Two games as well.

In August he made his professional and Football League bow as a late substitute in the game against Leyton Orient.

He now joins Dale Gorman, Ryan Johnson, Dipo Akinyemi, Ben Kennedy and George Casey as recent graduates now involved in first team action.

We also secured the loan signing of Watford midfielder Connor Smith.

The 22 year old comes in on a month’s loan and has 13 appearances for his parent club, and also took in loan experience out with Wealdstone and Gillingham.

Having represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 levels he’s also played alongside Tom Pett, Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale previously so hopefully he’ll settle in quickly.

Speaking to the Official Site after penning his short term loan, Smith explained.

‘I was hoping to get out on loan at some point before the season started, obviously now we are a couple of weeks away but just delighted to be here and hopefully get some game time. I have had a few years in-and-around the first team at Watford, played a few games here and there and spent some time at Gillingham but I haven`t had enough game time really. Playing for the U21s is good but it is not competitive league games, which is what I am after.’

He went on to explain that he had had a good pre season though so he’s fit and raring to go, and had just recently played in the Capital One Cup for Watford as well, so he’s looking forward hopefully to a good run of games for us now to build on his experience and involvement with Watford at the end of last season.

‘Towards the end of last year I travelled with a lot of squads which was good as we were really pushing on for promotion. It was great to be so close to such a good squad with so many great players, all vying for the same goal. Getting a first-hand look at the pressure that was on the team and how they dealt with it was really good to be around. The atmosphere in the dressing room was amazing and that experience has really helped me grow.’

19 year old midfielder Jack Jebb also completed a permanent move back to the Lamex following his loans with us last year from Arsenal. Having been released by the London club, he has signed a 12 month contract with the club and the former England Under 16 and 17 international will be looking to build on his ten appearances for us already.

Speaking in his own interview after signing his deal, he explained that he was glad to be back – and he had been with us for the last month on trial.

‘I have been here for a while now; training hard, trying to impress the manager and thankfully it has paid off. I just can`t wait to get started now. It was tough. There is a lot of competition, a lot of midfielders so I had my work cut out. I obviously had to put the work in during pre-season games and training. The gaffer said he has been impressed with me though and thinks I can add to the team and help us move forward so that was a big boost.’

As for his experience with us last season, he went on to say that being dogged by injury the fans hadn’t seen the best of him yet so he was looking forward to putting that right this season.

‘100%. Last season I struggled with injury and when I played I wasn`t really fully fit so there is definitely a lot more to show the fans this season.’

In a behind closed doors friendly last week, he scored a stunner and the club have released that with the announcement of his signing.



‘I can score goals and have a good strike on me but it is definitely something I want to bring more of into my game. The one I scored against Southend was timely as obviously it was in front of the gaffer and a big opportunity which thankfully I took. My hopes this season are to be starting games, getting a few goals, a few assists and just helping the team in anyway I can really.’

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