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Ex-Premier League player extends stay with National League club

An ex- England International and Premier League winger has extended his stay with a National League club in non-league, choosing not to return to the English Football League.

It’s something that we are seeing happen a fair bit recently with these ex-topflight professionals, as they continue to play for the love of the game no matter what tier in the English football pyramid they’re at.

This man, has accumulated over 200 Premier League appearances for a host of clubs including Wolves, West Ham and Norwich, he was even capped by Fabio Capello for England back in 2011, coming on as a 70th minute substitute for Jack Wilshire in a 1-1 draw against Ghana.

That man, is fan’s favourite – Matt Jarvis, who has put pen to paper on a new deal at Woking’s Laithwaite Community Stadium, ready for the 2020/21 season at the tender age of 34.

He initially joined Alan Dowson’s Cards as a free agent after being released by the Canaries at the end of the 2018/19 season, in which he was on loan with Walsall in League One (at the time).

Here’s just some of that impact he made when playing for Woking in the 2019/20 season, in which the club finished 10th based on points-per-game (PPG) with eight games remaining to have played out.

When he joined Woking, the club gave fans an insight on his career so far: “Born in Middlesbrough, Matt’s family relocated to Surrey whilst he was very young. He played for local youth team Meadow Sports before being picked up by Millwall, and later on Gillingham, where he broke into the first team in 2003 aged 17.

“Matt made more than 100 appearances for The Gills before earning a move to Wolves in 2007. He quickly became a fan-favourite at Molineux and helped the club to Premier League promotion in 2009, winning the Championship.

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“England came calling in 2011 as Matt received a call up from Fabio Capello. He featured in England’s 1-1 draw with Ghana at Wembley.

“After 5 years and 175 appearances at Wolves, Matt moved to West Ham United in the summer of 2012 for a then club-record fee. 90 appearances later, the winger moved to Norwich City in 2015.

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“After a short spell at Walsall last season, Matt will join the Cards to boost the push for a play-off place.”

They ended up just missing out on PPG, though had that not been the case, they would have been three points behind Stockport County, who had the last playoff place, however PPG replaced them with Barnet who moved up from 11th to 7th, causing plenty of controversial across various social media platforms.

The winger managed to get on the scoresheet and grabbed himself an assist during his debut against Maidenhead United, who look to have just avoided relegation due to Bury’s expulsion from the English Football League. He also assisted the last goal of the club’s 2019/20 season against Barnet.

The club have stated on their website that the deal is subject to Football Association approval. Hear from the footballer himself in what is his first Woking interview below…

As can be seen in the video above, he opened up on his childhood and how good he is at table tennis before he also went on to be a county champion in both swimming and athletics, whilst playing football of course.

Talk eventually moves on to his career from youth to professional football, reflected on his old teammates and his greatest memories whilst playing the game he loves, before mentioning about working as a pundit on Sky Sports, doing his coaching badges and enjoying time with his family.

When asked where do you see yourself in ten years, he added: “I want to play, I want to continue, I’ve missed it so much and you know a lot of people you’re just like why why pack it in?

“I just love the game, love the training, I love the dressing room, I love the feeling when you walk on the pitch and everything about it so I’m gonna play as long as possible.

“And then after that I’m getting my badges, also I’m really enjoying doing the media side of things, so yeah hopefully I will be with Dowse [Alan Dowson] and yeah do the media.”

Fans gave their reaction as the ex-Premier League player extends stay with National League club Woking, take a look and see what they tweeted below…

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