Yeovil Town have made their first signing for the 2018-19 season. They hve brought in Norwich City winger Diallang Jaiyesimi on a season-long loan. The 20 year old is a former Grimsby Town loanee who has been on a professional contract at Carrow Road since the summer of 2016.
Born in Southwark on May 7th 1998, he was originally on the books of the Aspire Academy, who act as a feeder for Dulwich Hamlet. He was their Under-18s captain. Snapped up by Norwich City to play for their Under-18s he was given a two and a half year contract by the Canaries in January 2016. That deal was extended in November 2017 to run as far as 2020, with an extra year's option available to the Canaries. He has yet to make a first team appearance, but made three substitute appearances for them in the Football League Trophy as part of Norwich's Under-21s side during the 2016-17 season. During that season he also played for Norwich's Under-23s side, where he scored 8 goals in 33 appearances.
Last season saw him make 35 appearances for Grimsby Town in League Two, scoring one goal as part of his loan deal. The vast majority of those came from the bench, with 10 starts at League Two level. He is relatively flexible, operating as a winger in the main, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a supporting striker. His one goal came in the Football League Trophy against Scunthorpe United during October 2017.
He was a half time substitute in Grimsby's 3-0 defeat against Yeovil Town in January 2018, playing as a left wing-back on the night. However, he was an unused substitute in the September 2017 game at Blundell Park that saw the home side win 2-1. It appears that after Russell Slade left Grimsby, that Jaiyesimi's time on the pitch began to fizzle out, being involved in only six matches during the final three months of the season, with no time on the pitch during his final month, when new boss Michael Jolley had begun to turn around results on the field of play. As a result his final moment for Grimsby came on April 7th as a 68th minute substitute, before seeing out the season as a benchwarmer.
Although born in London, he is also eligible to play for Nigeria. He was called up for their Under-20s squad, but has yet to get onto the field of play for his country.
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