Former Yeovil Town midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is on the look-out for a new club, after being released by League Two side Southend United. The 30 year old was out of contract at Roots Hall, and a bad knee injury in February did not help his chances of a new deal, with that ending his season early, after 30 appearances for the Essex club.
Playing him in his traditional defensive midfield role, Shrimpers boss Paul Sturrock admitted that he had put in a decent standard of performance, but suggested to the Southend Echo that his departure was in part down to Sturrock's wish to change tactics for the 2012-13 season:
"JP did a reasonable job for us last season before getting injured but I think we need to bring in a different type of player. We need to bring in a midfielder who offers different things to what JP does because we have a few new ideas about systems for next season."
Whilst Kalala had two spells and just under 100 appearances for the club, another midfielder sits firmly at the other end of the chain. Tommy Doherty spent just eleven minutes on the field in a Yeovil Town shirt, back in March 2006, before hobbling off the field and disappearing.
He has now signed a six month contract with League Two side Exeter City, who seem to be accumulating their own collection of ex-Glovers, with Kevin Amankwaah and Arron Davies having signed up at St James Park over the summer. He dropped out of the Football League for the first time in his career last season, playing for Newport County and Bath City. He has told the Western Morning News that at the age of 33 years old, this is probably his last chance to break back into League football:
"I see this as my last chance, really. I don't think it puts any pressure on me, I'm just happy for the chance. People will want promotion and I want that as a player as well. I'm just happy to have an opportunity to get back into the game and hopefully I can get back in and stay there for as long as I can. I've played in the League all my life and I hopefully I can continue. I hope – touch wood – that it can become something longer and if I am playing, then things should come with that, shouldn't they?"
Link: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala : Yeovil Town Statistics.
Link: Tommy Doherty : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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