Dwyer has a bright future in the game - Joachim
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn striker Julian Joachim predicts a bright future for teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer. The former Premiership star believes his young understudy has the raw materials to forge a successful career in the game after notching twice in his first seven senior Blue Square North outings.
King's Lynn striker Julian Joachim predicts a bright future for teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer.
The former Premiership star believes his young understudy has the raw materials to forge a successful career in the game after notching twice in his first seven senior Blue Square North outings.
Joachim struck more than 100 goals in 450 league appearances after bursting on to the scene himself as a youngster at Leicester before a close-season non-league move to The Walks.
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“I'd love to be his age again - I tell you that,” he said. “I think he has something about him. He's still raw but he's quick, lively and as everyone can see he scores goals so that is definitely something good for him and King's Lynn in the future. He's only played a few games yet so it's important not to put too much pressure on him but who knows what he can go on to do and achieve if he keeps working hard at his game.”
Joachim made a match-winning return from a groin injury to sink Stalybridge Celtic before being named as an unused substitute in Monday's 1-0 league defeat at Droylsden.
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“It's been so frustrating over the last month,” he said. “It's actually quite draining when you just watch the game and don't have any input. It takes a lot out of you. When you're injured you get wound up because you just want to go on and play. I could do with an injury-free run now to the end of the season because you lose your fitness and sharpness. I expect it'll take a game or two to come back.
“I've been fairly lucky this season as it's the only real knock I've had. Probably the older you get it takes that extra week or two to get over injuries. I had a game in the reserves just to test the groin and blow away the cobwebs but it was nice to get back.”
Joachim was recently linked with a return to home-town club Boston United in the summer but the ex-Aston Villa and Coventry striker is prepared to finish his playing career at The Walks.
The 34-year-old insists the club's well-documented financial problems following the New Year exit of major backer Michael Chinn will not influence his decision.
“That side of things doesn't go away,” he said. “But the main priority as players is to try and get things right on the pitch, climb the table, and then if investors or whatever want to come in they can look at it and see we're doing all right. I'll probably play another year or two. I'm still enjoying it and while that is the case I'll keep playing - the minute I stop enjoying it or the legs go will be it. At the end of day if they want me here next year I'll probably sign - I've got no plans to go anywhere else.”