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Freddie's Crazy Journey

New Pilgrims Ladapo on his Route to Home Park

9 June 2018

FREDDIE Ladapo has experience football from the Premier League to deep into the non-league pyramid - but is delighted to be in League One with Argyle.

The Essex born striker- whose previous club was Southend - is another that Derek Adams has admired over quite some time and he is excited to be on board.

After signing for Crystal Palace, following eyecatching goal ratios at Grays and Margate, Freddie had decent loan spells with Oldham and Shrewsbury, getting to know the level we find ourselves in. 

Freddie talked about having to drop to non-league and his “crazy” journey from the Conference South to the Premier League and he is adamant that Argyle is the best place for him to be

“I had been speaking to the manager for quite some time," said Freddie. "With football you have a lot of managers call you and say this and that but when a manager has been wanting you for a while you know the interest is very real. I’m happy to be here.

“I only made about seven appearances for Colchester ( his first club) in League One. I needed more games, I needed to grow as a player. 

“I had to drop down a few leagues. First I was at Kidderminster to try and get my name out there but it was at Grays where I really kicked on I played a lot of games, scored every week and it was fun.

“We had played Margate a few times and the manager saw me when he went to Crystal Palace and took me over there. It was crazy, but wonderful to make my debut at Old Trafford.

"This has been something that been in the back of my mind so now I think its finally the time that I come here and show what I can do.” 

The striker also has good experience in this division and was impressed with his new side when they visited Roots Hall last season. 

“I know the league well and I know about last season," he said. "I was at the game; the win against Southend. I saw the style of the team it was very good, very entertaining and something I wanted to be a part of.”


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