Following his release from Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season, Will Jaaskelainen has now found himself a new club, Leek Town.
The 19 year old, son of Jussi, has joined the Evo-Stik Southern League side following a trial which has earnt him a contract in a squad which manager Neil Baker, is desperate to narrow down ahead of the start of their season on the 12th of August.
Having never really been fully given his opportunity at Wanderers to follow in the footsteps of his Dad, which somehow doesn't feel right, the embargo which continues to limit the size of our squad, meant keeping Will on a professional contract could no longer be justified in our attempt to bolster the squad ahead of our return to the Championship.
Will, who has previously featured at an international level for Finland, promises to be a great addition for any side if his Dad's quality is anything to go off. Having also impressed in our development squad last season which saw him save a hat-trick of penalties in one game, the enforced release of Jaaskelainen Jnr will inevitably come back to bite us in a few season once he works his way back up through the ranks of English football.
Having struggled to attract interest up until now despite the supposedly improved chances of a contract due to the inherited household name which now features on the back of his shirt, I'm sure Jaaskelainen will be keen to impress this season, providing he is given the game time which he longed for at Bolton. He deserves to find success following his anticlimactic kick-start to his professional footballing career at Wanderers, and for the sake of the family's link with the club, I hope will eventually reach the heights that his Dad previously did and hopefully return to the club in the latter years of his career, providing all goes well.
We're all just waiting for the day when father and son play each other, providing Jussi stays out of retirement for a few more years. Until then, we wish Will the best of luck at Leek with all of his future footballing endeavours and hope to see him make it in to the big time in the coming years, ideally not before us though.
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