Paul Collicutt is hoping new Evesham United signing Nathan Modest can play football as well as he can sing according to the Gloucestershire Echo.
Modest has made an instant impact on and off the pitch since joining Evesham at the end of last week, impressing boss Collicutt with his voice on the coach journey on Saturday and hitting a 96th minute winner on his debut at Tiverton.
Collicutt tried to sign the forward when he was released by Gloucester City in the summer but he instead opted to join Hednesford Town before following manager Rob Smith to AFC Telford United.
However, the move didn’t work out for Modest and he contacted Collicutt last week with the switch being swiftly completed.
Collicutt now hopes Modest, who made four league appearances for Sheffield Wednesday, can give Evesham an added x-factor and he will be pushing for a start when Evesham face Marlow at the Jubilee Stadium in Southern League Division One South and West tonight.
“He would be the first to admit that he has to work on his fitness because he hasn’t played a great deal of football,” said Collicutt.
“The one thing that came out of the trip on Saturday is that if the lad can play football as well as he can sing we have got ourselves a good player.
“As initiation the new players have to get up and sing and Nathan was an exceptionally good singer.
“On the football side, he’s got a good pedigree, he made his Sheffield Wednesday debut at 17 and since then he’s basically been on the merry go round but he’s got involved in a course at Hartpury.
“I did try to sign him in the summer so I’m glad he got in contact. He came off the bench on Saturday and on a very difficult pitch he took his goal very well and coolly in the 96th minute.”
Modest’s goal was the perfect end to a difficult week for Evesham and Collicutt, which saw them being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Slimbridge and Lewis Powell leave the club after just three games to join league rivals Taunton.
“He’s a good player and was involved in three games but I came away from the whole thing feeling very let down,” said Collicutt.
“I was a bit disillusioned with everything but it was a great pick-me-up to come away from Tiverton with a deserved win after we played 55 to 60 minutes with 10 men.
“When one door shuts, another one opens. Nathan installed belief after the week I had.”
The win at Tiverton extended Evesham’s unbeaten run in the league to six games, while Marlow have lost their last three and are lying in 17th place.
Collicutt said: “Marlow will come and make things difficult like Slimbridge did so we can’t under-estimate them.
“I’ve never come across them in my career but I know they will give it their best shot and we’ve got to respond and we’ve got to be wary of having a few tired legs after Saturday because we put a big shift in.
“The physio has got his work cut out to make sure the lads come out of the traps.”
Ashley Williams, who was sent off at Tiverton, misses the game through suspension for picking up five bookings.