Pre-season is very much underway and new gaffer Craig Denton is starting to implement his style into a new look Worksop Town side.
Craig has got the lads working very hard in preparation for our first friendly against Parkgate F.C. on Wednesday 11th July.
Denton has brought in many new faces with midfielder/full-back Jamie Price being the first of Craig’s tenure.
The 36-year-old started his career as an apprentice at Leeds United in 1997. Price went on to be part of a successful Doncaster Rovers youth side in the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons before signing a full-time professional contract in the summer of 2001.
After suffering injury in November 2002, Jamie joined Halifax Town on a one-month loan to regain match fitness after being out for the remainder of the 2002-03 season.
Price joined York City in 2005 following his release from Rovers and after a season at Bootham Crescent, he signed for Harrogate Town.
He then went on to represent teams like Farsley Celtic, Bradford Park Avenue, Garforth Town and Ossett Town.
Before committing to the Tigers, Jamie Price spent two seasons where he was part of the ‘Seadogs’ promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
After training, we caught up with Jamie;
First of all Welcome to the club, How does it feel to be at Worksop Town?
JP: Yeah, Great. When I spoke to the gaffer and Poults they sold it to me very well. It’s a big club, the biggest in the league, and it’s where I want to play. The ambition is good, it matches what I want to do and yeah I’m chuffed to bits to be here and can’t wait to get going with a good bunch of lads.
What attracted you to the Tigers?
JP: Like I say, the good fan base. I spoke to a few people about it and they’ve said about the fans, the best in the league. My last club Scarborough had good fans too, so it was the best decision to make.
With Scarborough having good support, will that help you when settling with the Tigers?
JP: Yeah course it is, fans are massive at any club in terms of revenue but also being that twelfth man and stuff like that. You can’t get anything better than a good set of fans, if you’re playing in front of 30-40 fans each week it doesn’t get you up for matches as much. At Scarborough we had around fifteen-hundred there which would boost you massively.
For anyone that hasn’t seen you play before, how would you describe yourself?
JP: To be fair I’m a spoiler in midfield. I feel like I read the game well, I keep it simple, like other good players I have that extra bit of quality in a game, I allow others to do their job to work well with them.
Do you feel your experience will benefit the younger lads?
JP: I’m hoping to help a few lads out, they’ll be bits I can add to their game like positioning or when to go or not to go. I feel like I talk a lot in matches so hopefully they’ll know I have that confidence in them and they’ll believe they can do what they’ve gotta do and know they can have support from me.
Where is your natural position? Where would you place yourself in a starting eleven?
JP: For the last few years I’ve mainly been playing centre-midfield but I can play right-back, centre-half, left-back if needs be so I’m quite versatile in what I do but I can just come through with the experience I have.
Final question, what message do you have for the fans?
JP: Get behind us, get behind the staff. Everyone wants what the fans want, they want to get promoted or do as well as we possibly can. Don’t get down if things arent quite right, we’re trying the right things and working very hard. So yeah keep behind us.
Jamie will give the Tigers plenty of experience going forward and hopefully that will rub off on some of the younger lads to help them develop.
By Devon Cash