Former Aston Villa and Leicester City striker Julian Joachim is looking to win trophies with Newark Town after signing for the club.
Joachim, 41, hopes to play an integral role this season as the Blues look to earn promotion from the Central Midlands League North.
He enjoyed a distinguished career in England’s top flight, scoring 25 goals in 99 appearances for Leicester City and 39 in 141 for Aston Villa.
Spells at Coventry City and Leeds United followed, while he also earned nine caps for England under-21s.
He has come to the club through joint manager Simon Daws, who met Joachim during a five-a-side match three years ago and has built up a rapport with the striker.
Joachim, who played for Daws at his previous club, Holwell Sport, said the call to play again came as a pleasant surprise.
“I still enjoy playing the game — it’s as simple as that. I’ve lost a bit of weight but I had no plans of playing Saturday football until I got the call,” Joachim said.
“Last season I didn’t get to have a pre-season so hopefully I can get a bit of sharpness before the first league match.”
He hopes to use the nous gained from his professional days to help the club become a title contender.
“I will bring my experience in any way I can. I’ll try and help out with the coaching and look to help get the squad together,” Joachim said.
“I don’t know the lads yet as we’re still in the very early stages of pre-season, but it should be a good challenge and I’m looking forward to it.”
Joachim wants to enjoy success with Newark and help the team build a winning mentality.
“You want to win trophies. That’s what you set out to do,” he said.
“Anyone who plays the game wants to enjoy it, and the easiest way to do that is if you are winning plenty of games.
“In the past I’ve been used to grounds of at least three to four thousand people. You get less the further down you go but, like I said, I still enjoy it.”
Joint manager Daws said the signing was a big coup for Newark.
“There are no airs or graces. What you see is what you get. He is just one of the lads,” Daws said.
“We are lucky to have him. There’s no doubt about the experience he brings and one of his assets is that he does talk to players on and off the pitch to give them a few hints.
“In the past few seasons while he has been playing he certainly helped me. I think we have helped each other.”
Joachim started Town’s first pre-season match at step-five Sleaford Town on Tuesday night on the forward line alongside Tyler Martin, a player 22 years his junior.
A total of 21 players were used during the match, with James Lloyd and James Munson on the scoresheet as Town earned an encouraging 2-2 draw.