Former Aston Villa, Leicester City, Leeds United and Coventry City striker Julian Joachim cleared to make Bourne Town debut in the United Counties League Division One clash with Raunds Town at the JJ Mac Stadium
New Bourne boss Simon Daws is hoping the signing of a former Premier League striker can help start firing the Wakes up the United Counties League standings.
Former Aston Villa and Leicester City marksman Julian Joachim is poised to make his Wakes bow on Saturday in the home Division One clash with Raunds Town at the JJ Mac Stadium (kick-off 3pm) after joining as player-coach.
Bourne have received international clearance to register the 45-year-old who has also played for Coventry City and Leeds United.
Joachim started the campaign with Gibraltar National League side Europa Point but is now linking up again with close friend and new Bourne boss Daws.
He played for Daws last season at Nottinghamshire Senior League side Aslockton and Orston where he scored 33 goals in 39 appearances.
And Joachim - who has represented England at Under 18, 19 and 21 levels - is eager to help the Wakes in their United Counties League Division One campaign after watching the last two games.
Daws explained: "Julian's been at the last two games and is looking forward to getting out on the pitch for us.
"He's still got a real appetite for the game and has got a great attitude which will help the youngsters at the club. It's great to have him involved.
"We've been looking to strengthen in attack. Julian’s still got that turn of pace over 10 yards and the big difference is that, if he gets an opportunity in the box, he will take it.
"We had two or three chances to score at Lutterworth on Saturday which would have put the game out of sight.
"We tired in the last 20 minutes and, although we defended well, it put us under extra pressure when we could have been more comfortable."
Joachim first linked up with Daws at Holwell Sports when the Bourne manager was at the helm of their league rivals. They have also been together at Newark Town and Radcliffe Olympic.
He is the co-founder of PlayerTrader.com which offers opportunities for players and clubs to collaborate with each other.
Daws explained: "I first met Julian several years ago when we were playing five-a-side football.
"We were on the same wavelength and I got him to come over to Holwell when I was the manager there.
"We've built up a good relationship over the years, both on and off the pitch, and have become friends.
"We had a couple of Julian's players train with us this week and hopefully they will give us a bit more quality.
"One of the problems of taking over a side which, before Saturday, had lost six of its games is making the club a good proposition.
"Players are a bit dubious so it's up to us to prove we can get out of it and start moving a few places up the league table."
Daws has set a Christmas target for the Wakes after he started his reign last Saturday with a 1-0 away win at Lutterworth Athletic.
In his first match at the helm of the United Counties League club, Daws guided them off the bottom of the Division One table thanks to a single strike from Josh Randall.
He volleyed home at the far post from new signing Rares Dementer's inswinging left-wing cross around the half-hour mark.
Daws – who has appointed former Boston Town Reserve team boss Tom Crozier as his assistant - added: "It was a good start in a six-pointer because we didn't want a gap down there.
"I was really pleased that the players worked very hard. You can't ask for any more than three points in your first game.
"Before we went out, the main message was to give 100 per cent. I wanted them to run through brick walls for this result.
"It's evident that the team needs to be fitter. I watched them twice before I took the job and fitness levels seemed to be an over-riding issue.
"If we are going to compete with the better teams in the league, we need to work on our fitness as well as our positional play.
"I would like to think that we will be out of the mire and halfway up the table before Christmas and that's the aim to reach a position where we can see more of the youngsters at the club."
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