DESPITE arriving in Plymouth in the late hours of Thursday night...

...Zak Ansah, Argyle’s latest signing, will already recognise one or two familiar faces at Home Park. 

The 20-year old has joined the Pilgrims until the end of the season from Charlton Athletic, following in the fledgling footsteps of his Addicks team-mate Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, who came to Argyle in February.  

Not only that, but before his move to the Valley, Ansah spent the majority of his days as a youth talent at Arsenal, playing with a number of talented youngsters including – for a brief period, at least – Jason Banton.  

Whilst a move down to the South West would not have been the easiest decision to make for the forward, he will have a couple of past acquaintances to link up now that he has arrived. 

“I’m a little bit older than Tareiq, but we’re good friends” said Zak.

“Even in our Sunday League days, we used to play for the same team. He’s been a good friend for a lot of years now.

“I know Jason Banton as well,” he also revealed. “Jason was with me at Arsenal.” 

Zak will be looking to quickly gel with the side, old friends included, as they make the trip for the key Sky Bet League 2 clash with Cheltenham Town this weekend. 

Available for all of the club’s remaining fixtures, the teenager’s hopes of fitting in with the lads will be boosted by him sharing the same, simple ambition with those around him: promotion.

“It’s been a hectic 24 hours, but enjoyable,” he said. “I’m just looking at the job ahead and I’m excited for the game on Saturday.

“The real aim is for the team to get promotion.”