Bar youth team manager praises Akinyemi on signing full-time Boro contract
PUBLISHED: 14:37 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:37 03 August 2015
Potters Bar Town youth team manager John Gibbs believes Dipo Akinyemi’s “determination and character” were key factors in the striker signing a professional contract at Stevenage FC.
Akinyemi, who notched both goals in Boro’s 2-0 pre-season victory at St Neots earlier this month, joined the League Two side’s academy as a scholar midway through last season having impressed with Bar’s U18 and U21 sides.
Previously, Gibbs had noticed the teenager playing park football, leading to the Southern League Division One Central outfit offering him an academy spot.
Gibbs said: “I was impressed with his strength and although it was park football, he could see he had a talent that would be an asset to our squad.
“Dipo deserves to be where he is with his determination and character to keep going, even when things don’t go his way. Breaking his ankle a season ago would have put most players off football, however, Dipo came back even stronger.”
Akinyemi joins former Scholar Tom Pett within the Stevenage ranks and Gibbs is utilising Akinyemi’s path to inspire other potential players.
He continued: “Dipo’s commitment and work ethic, on and off the pitch, as an example to our other players, as he would catch two different buses to training, twice a week, and another journey on match days.
“He rarely missed training and never missed a match, and his positive attitude gave a good atmosphere in the changing room, and aside from football, Dipo was a great person to have around.”
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