Macclesfield Town began the month with the announcement that 26-year-old striker Jacob Blyth had signed for the club on a one year deal. We welcomed Jacob to the Moss Rose, and got an insight on his career to date and also what he hopes to achieve with Macc.
“I’m delighted, just to get that chance to get back into the Football League.
“I feel like I deserve that chance and thankfully the club have taken a gamble on me to get me back here.”
Sol Campbell’s reputation and vast experience in the game certainly had an influence on Jacob’s decision to join The Silkmen.
“I think the manager plays a big part with his experience. I know he can play a big part in helping me progress as a player.
“Someone of his stature and his experience always plays a big part. You almost respect him a lot more in a way because they’ve been there, they’ve done it at the top level and you’re always willing to learn off someone of his experience, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Having played both in non-league and at the highest level with Leicester City, Jacob believes this experience will stand him in good stead for his career going forward.
“I started off non-league with Leamington and then got a dream move to Leicester City - I can’t thank them enough, I thoroughly enjoyed my four years there.
“I was in and around and training with a team who eventually went on to win the Premier League and you can learn a lot from them players - not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well. It was brilliant.
“I had a few good loan moves there too at the likes of Burton, Northampton and Blackpool. I really enjoyed it - it provided me with experience. I didn’t come through the academies; I went straight in at the deep end with adults football at 15 and I feel like I’ve benefitted a lot from that.”
Jacob arrives at the Moss Rose from National League side Barrow, where he was Ian Evatt’s first signing for the club and the game time he got under his belt last season has really allowed him to push on.
“Ian Evatt phoned me one summer to come and sign for him and I was delighted to get there - just to get back playing because I was out for a while with an injury to my foot. He basically got my legs going again, got me back playing.
“Now I’m here, back in the Football League, where I believe I belong.”
After suffering his fair share of injury problems in the past, we asked Jacob whether such setbacks just serve to make him hungrier to succeed.
“Yeah, definitely. Any player will tell you when you’ve got a bad injury it’s not a nice thing at all. It plays with your mind mentally and physically but for you to come out the other side of that it says a lot about your character and I think I’ve been mentally very strong to come out the other side.
"I’m back fit now and I just can’t wait to get going.”
Moving on to discuss his playing style, the imposing 6ft 3” striker says he provides an aerial threat up top, but will also give a lot of hard work for the team.
“I’d describe myself as your old-fashioned target man. I do like heading the ball and getting on the end of crosses - the majority of goals in my career have been from crosses. But I do enjoy doing the nitty-gritty side of having a high work rate. I like pressing from the front.
“I’ve played higher. I know what it takes, I know the demands. I’m just delighted and I can’t wait to get going.”
We are thrilled to welcome Jacob to the club and we wish him all the best for the season ahead.