Name: Jakub Sokolík
Position: Central Defender
Date of Birth: 28 September 1993
Place of Birth: Ostrava, Czech Republic
Jakub is a centre-back who signed for Yeovil Town on June 30th 2014, having been released by Liverpool at the end of the previous season. As a consequence he arrived at the club as a free agent, although not without significant interest from Southend United who had him on loan at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Born on August 28th 1993 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, he is a former Banik Ostrava youth teamer that Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez snapped up five years ago at the age of 16, after he began to break through into the Czech Republic Under-16 and Under-17 team. He made his Liverpool Reserves debut in April 2010 in a derby match against Everton, before eventually becoming part of their Under-18 side during the 2011-12 season.
Once he reached the 2012-13 season, Liverpool had promoted him to their Under-21 side but did not break into their first team plans, with a back injury causing him significant problems during that campaign, restricting him to 10 appearances at that level. At the start of the 2013-14 season, he captained the Liverpool Under-21 side, and they made the decision to give him trials for other clubs to get him experience via loans.
Southend United took him on during mid-March 2014, and he stayed at Roots Hall through to their League Two play-offs where he played in both of their League Two Play-Off semi-finals against Burton Albion, ultimately clocking up 12 appearances. He impressed enough for the Essex club to want to turn him into a permanent signing, but despite the efforts of Shrimpers boss Phil Brown, Jakub was tempted by higher league football and chose to sign instead for the Glovers.
Jakub has penned a two year contract at Huish Park that will keep him at the club until June 2016.
Total Appearances: 52
Total Goals: 1
Debut Appearance: 9 August 2014
Debut Goal: 10 October 2015