Daventry boss Foster keen on signing Calvin

WANTED MAN - Jamie Calvin
WANTED MAN - Jamie Calvin

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster has revealed he is trying to sign former Watford and Oxford United scholar Jamie Calvin.

The young striker played as a trialist in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Barrow, and impressed as he scored a hat-trick in an easy 8-1 win.

“Jamie Calvin is a former Oxford United and Watford scholar, a young lad who was released by Oxford at the end of his second year,” said Foster, who also saw his side lose 2-1 to a Peterborough United academy side in the NFA Maunsell Cup Final on Tuesday.

“We are very interested in getting Jamie to join the squad, but we need to go through the correct channels.”

And Calvin is not the only trialist at Communications Park, with Foster adding: “We also have a a young left back in Jack Walden, who is a free agent at the present time. He is a player who has shown a lot of class on the ball.”

Foster is still trying to boost squad numbers ahead of the new season, which starts a week on Saturday.

“I am looking at signing another striker and defender, so hopefully by the end of the week we will have secured those players too,” he said.

Foster had mixed feelings about the friendly against Barrow, which saw the sides level at 1-1 at half-time before Daventry ran away with things after the break.

“I was very disappointed with the first half because we appeared to lack any sort of enthusiasm and effort,” said Foster. “Our first goal from Jamie Calvin was an absolute beauty with Josh Blake, Jack Walden, Dior Angus and Tommy Berwick all involved. But it was a dull affair.

“The second half was much more encouraging and the football was a lot more fluent and the work rate exceptional.”

And he added: “Pre-season has so far has been encouraging, although I don’t think there has been one game where we have managed to put out a full strength side, due to holidays or injuries.

“The results have been good and although we lost 4-1 to Coalville Town, even that performance was bright and encouraging. We have almost completed the business of signing players for this season.

“Former Long Buckby player Joe Power and Rushden born Barry Deakin have both put pen to paper, which has created good competition for places in midfield.”