Following the release of forwards Darryn Stamp, Marc Newsham and Craig Reid in the end of season shake up, Dominic Roma, the new player-manager of Vanarama National League North club Gainsborough Trinity, has moved quickly to secure the signature of the highly-sought after striker Jacob Hazel.
Twenty-three-year-old front man Hazel, signs for Trinity after a prolific season in front of goal for Frickley Athletic in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division where he netted 23 times including 19 times in the league, with one penalty in that tally.
Prior to banging in the goals for Frickley, Hazel spent a season at Mickleover Sports, scoring 18 in thirty-two games as Sports won the NPL First Division South by nine points from nearest rivals Leek Town.
Stepping up again, with Gainsborough, Hazel is looking forward to linking up with captain-elect Nathan Jarman and Ashley Worsfold – an earlier summer signing from Buxton – in a fearsome-looking front line.
“I’m really excited at the chance to step up and prove what I can do at the higher level. I’m really looking forward to hitting the ground running and to be fair, since I first spoke to Dom, I couldn’t help but be impressed with how professional the whole set up at Gainsborough is,” Hazel said.
Having come through the youth ranks at Chesterfield and making a couple of appearances, Hazel is an ambitious front man, who would relish the opportunity to play in the professional game once again. And this attitude is one that will drive him on in the Trinity shirt.
Roma said: “Jacob is an athletic forward with a great attitude. He is comfortable playing up front in a two, or a three, so that will definitely give us options! And it never hurts when you are signing a forward with an eye for goal either!”
Capped by St Kitts & Nevis, Hazel brings an international flavour to the Martin & Co Arena.