Note: Derek, I thought you said no more signings until the end of the month!?
Ross County F.C. today announced the signing of 22 year old striker Jake Jervis. Jervis was part of the youth set-ups at both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Shrewsbury Town before moving on to, and eventually making his senior debut for, Birmingham City. Once at City he began a loan saga the likes of which few have ever experienced. Though he managed only five first team appearances for the Blues over four seasons he was loaned out to Hereford United, Notts County, Hereford United (again), Swindon Town, Preston North End, Carlisle United, Tranmere Rovers, and Portsmouth during that same time. The good news is that during those loan periods he scored 12 times in 54 appearances. That might not seem like a lot, but given that those were not all 90 minute appearances and that bouncing around between that many clubs in that short a span of time can make it hard for a player- especially a striker!- to find his comfort level, it’s pretty good.
In January of 2013 he signed a 3.5 year contract with Elazigspor in Turkey’s Super Lig and scored on his debut. Unfortunately after playing in only four matches he was forced to move on after the club was unable to pay his wages. After waiting out some paperwork issues he signed with Portsmouth (where he spent his last loan spell while at Birmingham) this past January and in half a season at Fratton Park he scored four goals in 15 matches. He did not resign with the club when his contract expired in May and instead finds himself headed north to Dingwall for the 2014-2015 season.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Jervis, but he’s big (6′ 3″), presumably hungry to establish himself at a club after the peripatetic nature of his career so far, and has scored regularly when given the opportunity to play on a regular basis. If he plays to his best level I don’t think it’s too much to expect that he could score 10-12 goals in a season at County- maybe 15 if he’s good in the air and gets good service from his teammates.
Here is his first goal for Pompey this past spring-