Former Spurs, Wolves and Fulham midfielder Jamie O’Hara believes he has joined a club that are going places after agreeing to sign for Ryman Premier League club Billericay Town.
O’Hara joins his former Gillingham team mate Paul Konchesky as the latest big name to join the Blues, as owner Glenn Tamplin looks to move the club swiftly up the non-league pyramid.
Tamplin, who is standing in a team manager at the moment, has authorised a number of eye-catching non-league signings including Bromley duo Alan Julian and Rob Swaine.
And on Thursday O’Hara was not the only new face added to the squad and Hemel Hempstead Town’s prolific striker Craig Robinson was added to the Blues squad for what is believed to be a club record fee.
However, it is O’Hara’s addition that has captured the attention of the media and he revealed that former ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright, rumoured to be in talks to buy a stake in the club, played a part in helping the deal go through.
“Mark is a really good friend of mine and he called me asking me to come down” O’Hara told the Basildon Standard.
“I spoke to Glenn [Tamplin] and he offered me the chance to join and play a few games before the end of the season and it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“Glenn has a lot of ambition and really sees this club going places and I wanted to be a part of that.”
The former Spurs midfielder, who has seven England-U21 caps to his name, has been without a club since leaving Gillingham in September 2016.
His contract was mutually terminated just six weeks into the two-year deal after O’Hara struggled to get over an injury.
Now he is looking forward to making up for lost time, as he hopes to help Billericay into the Ryman Premier League play-offs.
The Blues are sat just four places and five points behind fifth placed Tonbridge Angels, who occupy the final play-off spot.
O’Hara commented “I have had quite a few injuries in my career that have held me back a bit,”
“Now I am just looking to get back on the football pitch and help the club to hopefully make the play-offs.
“I had a quick chat with Paul [Konchesky] before coming here and he told me about the club and that it is on the up.
“The aim is to make the play-offs this season and we are only three points off that at the moment so I am confident that we can do that.”
Despite becoming the latest big name to try his luck in non-league, O’Hara insisted that he is still hopeful that he can resume a professional career that saw him make over two hundred appearances for a number of different clubs.
He said “Hopefully I can help some of the players here.
“I have an 18-month contract here but my aim is still to get back into professional football.
“I am still only 30 and I have a lot to offer.
“I had to be realistic about who was going to come in for me.
“I just want to get on the pitch again.
“If this offer didn’t come I was prepared to go somewhere on trial in the summer.”
O’Hara should be in the Billericay Town squad that faces a trip to Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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