Trinity boss, Dave Frecklington, has moved quickly to acquire the services of Michael Jacklin from one of his former clubs, Lincoln United. Perhaps a familiar name, Jacklin was on the mark for his former side, against Gainsborough back in July, when his headed finish was the difference between the two sides in the Lincolnshire County Cup tie that was the curtain raiser for our season.
A tough, uncompromising central defender, who will add his presence to the side. Jacklin regularly featured in one of the meanest defences in the league. The flame-haired centre back links up with his former boss for a fourth time, having previously played under Frecklington at The Whites, Stamford and Worksop Town and is obviously delighted to be doing so.
"It’s a great opportunity to link up with the manager again. It was a no brainer really. I genuinely mean it when I say it’s amazing to sign for a big club locally like Gainsborough Trinity. This move is something I have always wanted to do – to play at this level – and I am going to grasp the opportunity with both hands. I just can’t wait to get going, tomorrow’s game can’t come quick enough for me now!"
The 28 year old who has turned heads for a while finally makes the step up thanks to his former manager, Dave Frecklington, who has elevated Jaffa up the leagues, two steps in fact to National League North.
"Michael is a leader first and foremost. He is a physical presence, a man mountain in fact. He leads by example – and is the type of character who will run through brick walls for you. Playing here will give him the opportunity to show case his talents, but as a player he demands respect and shows great authority in his play. If I didn’t think he could play at this level, I would not have brought him to the club and to me that speaks volumes of how highly I regard Michael."
Frecklington finished, "I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at Lincoln United for their assistance in getting this deal complete ahead of tomorrows game. With a couple of injuries it was important to get some good quality in to ensure we are at our strongest ahead of the weekend’s fixtures."
The imperious Jacklin goes straight into the Trinity squad for tomorrow’s visit of Curzon Ashton to the Martin & Co Arena as the Holy Blues look to build on the steady 1-1 draw at home to Gloucester City last weekend.
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