Date: Fri 05 Aug 2022

By Steve Whitney

Marketmen Confirm First New Signings

Pitching In Southern League Premier Division Central club Needham Market have confirmed their first new signings of the summer in Jacob Lay and Jamie McGrath.

Jacob Lay

Jacob Lay

An old-fashioned style winger, Lay joins the Marketmen from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Ipswich Wanderers, where he moved to in the summer of 2021.

He started out as a youngster on League One Ipswich Town’s books, joining their youth development programme.

He played for Brantham Athletic youth whilst at Portman Road and had a spell training at West Ham United.

Following a short spell at AFC Sudbury, he was approached by Preston North End, AFC Wimbledon and Mansfield Town, choosing to join Preston ahead of the two other clubs.

He went on to play for Braintree Town, Whitton United, Felixstowe & Walton United and Dereham Town.

McGrath moves to Bloomfields following a successful pre-season trial period.

He has been a prolific marksman for East Bergholt United in the Macron Suffolk & Ipswich League, notching an incredible 56 goals in 34 games last season, having notched 7 in 9 games the previous interrupted campaign, 11 in 19 matches in 2019/20 and 10 on 24 in 2018/19.

McGrath was also dual registered with Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Brantham Athletic last season.

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