Bossing It

NEW Argyle forward Jake Jervis is delighted to be teaming up with Pilgrims’ gaffer Derek Adams again.

Jake, 23, has signed on the dotted line for Derek for the second summer in succession, coming to Home Park after a year in the Scottish Premiership with Ross County. 

He said: “I enjoyed that a lot and did really well under him so, when I got the call, it was something I was very interested in. It didn’t take long to come down and get it sorted.

“It was a good experience. I’ve played League 1 and League 2 in England and playing at Celtic Park and places like that was really good. It’ll be good to get back to England, though.”

As well as playing in Scotland – and Turkey – Jake was loaned out by his first senior club, Birmingham, no fewer than seven times to English lower league teams , who appreciated his all-round contribution.

He said: “I’ve been at a lot of clubs, seen a lot of different things and experienced a lot of stuff – now it’s about stability and playing games.

“I think I’m good on the ball and I’m quite quick, as well, considering my size, so I look to use that, getting in behind and get on the ball as much as I can to get goals.

“It’s not just about goals but, at the same time, that’s what everyone gets judged on as a striker.

“You have got to bring a lot more than that nowadays. You have got to be able to hold the ball up and be a threat in behind; even something as simple as winning throw-ins down the side and keeping hold of the ball. That’s what you have got to do in these kind of leagues.”

Somewhat remarkably, Jake has made a habit of hitting the ground running wherever he has played, scoring on debut for seven different clubs.

“I just tend to have a knack of doing it,” he said. “Hopefully, touch wood, I can do that again and keep it going throughout the season.”