NEW GULL PROFILE
As the season finale draws ever closer, we have another new loan signing on our hands. 26 year old winger Jack Stobbs from Oldham has joined the club until the end of the season. With Dillon Da Silva returning to QPR recently a new winger was definitely needed. Let’s have a look at his career so far…
It’s fair to say it’s been quite a turbulent career for Jack so far. Born in Leeds, he signed with the academy of Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday at the tender age of 8 years old. He finally signed his first professional contract with the Owls in March 2014. It wasn’t long after this that he made his professional debut in the final home match of the 2013-14 season in a 3-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at Hillsborough.
It seemed to be shaping up for Jack to get more first team football the following season but an ankle ligament injury in a pre-season friendly meant he had to start from almost ground zero again and try and work his way back into then-manager Stuart Gray’s plans. However it wasn’t until the last game of the 2015/16 season, two years after his last, that he made his second appearance (a 79th substitute in a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Despite his lack of first team appearances his success at under 23 level meant he was rewarded with a new 1 year contract and sent out on loan to then-League 2 club Port Vale. Unfortunately due to league loan rules only allowing 5 loanees in a matchday squad he struggled to even make the bench the following season and made only 5 appearances before being recalled in January 2018.
An injury-hit loan spell at Livingstone in Scotland later (where he managed to score the Glasgow Times’ best goal in Scottish football for the 2019-20 season) he was sadly released by Sheffield Wednesday. He signed for non-league club Grantham Town in October 2020 but only played 6 games before the season was called off due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Finally in August 2021 he found somewhere he could really start to play some professional football when he signed permanently for Oldham Athletic in League 2.
He played 33 times in the 21/22 season and performed well enough that, despite the club being relegated to the National League, he was one of only two players to be offered a new contract. He’s played 10 games so far in the league this season, including one against the Yellows that impressed Gary Johnson, but after falling out of favour around the New Year he joins the Gulls in the hope of helping to save our season.
Position: Right Winger
Date of Birth: 27/02/1997
Previous Clubs: Sheffield Wednesday, Port Vale (loan), Livingstone (loan), Grantham Town, Oldham Athletic
NL Stats 22-23 – Appearances 10, Goals 0, Yellow/Red Cards 1/0
MOST/LEAST LIKELY TO
- Be called Stobbsy
- Appreciate getting a game for a change and put some crosses in.
- Get compared to popular ex-Gull and right winger Dillon De Silva.
- Drift inside all the time, Stobbs sounds like a proper winger who’ll stay wide.
Gary Johnson – “We kept an eye on him. We found out why he wasn’t playing, with a new manager with new tactical ideas. We were surprised to hear that he was available, although we thought he might be, because he hasn’t played for a while, but we’re pleased to have him”
Interview – New Gull Stobbs Raring To Go
Another loan signing to add to the conveyor belt of them through the club this season. Looking back on some previous articles I’ve written, especially from last summer, there’s some names there I don’t even recognise anymore. Hopefully Jack can break the bad streak and make us a bit more dangerous on the attacking side of games. Anything at the moment surely has to be a bit of an improvement as we slowly lurch towards possible relegation, good luck Jack!