NOT long after netting his most recent professional goal against Argyle, Jimmy Spencer was negotiating a deal to join the Derek Adams’ side.
The 24-year old striker came off the Cambridge United bench to score in a 2-2 draw with the Pilgrims in their final away game of the 2015-16 season before heading into the Sky Bet League 2 play-offs. A matter of weeks later, Jimmy began to arrange a move to Home Park after talks with Cambridge bore no fruit.
“I shanked it a little bit, but a goal’s a goal,” said Jimmy, after becoming the Greens’ latest summer recruit.
“I think it was about three or four weeks back [that negotiations started]; we’ve just been trying to get something sorted, and trying to get something between me, the club and my family that’s right for us all.
Jimmy heads south to continue a developing career that started at a very early age with Huddersfield Town before he gained plenty of experience on loan at multiple Football League clubs to refine his attacking style.
“I started there [Huddersfield] at about seven years old and signed a professional contract until I think I was 21,” he said. “I did have a few loans: Cheltenham, Brentford, Crawley, Scunthorpe. I signed for Notts County after that and obviously Cambridge last season.
When asked about the strengths in his game, Jimmy said: “Holding the ball up, definitely; bringing other players into play; and as a striker in this league, hopefully I can score.
“I’ve been a bit unfortunate through injuries, really, not to play as many games as I’d have liked to at this age. Given the time, I know I’ll always do well in this league; it’s just getting that opportunity to play as many games as I can. As long as I stay fit, I’ll back myself.”
Spencer joins an ever-expanding Argyle strike-force that bodes well for the season ahead, and he feels ready to get going with a new club that he has admired for a while from afar.
He said: “That was a big part of [signing] – I’ve seen them play and they’ve always been strong teams when I’ve played against them. It’s a massive club for this league, so it was a no-brainer really.
“I’m looking forward to getting back; getting the balls out again and playing. It’s been too long since I’ve kicked a ball. I’ve been working hard in the off-season so I’m ready to go.”