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Newmarket Town's new signing Jon Carver looking forward to getting going at the Tristel Stadium




From the outside looking in, Jon Carver was always impressed with what he saw of Newmarket Town.

And now he is on the inside, the defender is hoping to be a key figure as the Jockeys go about achieving their long-term goals under the management of Michael Shinn.

Carver agreed to join Newmarket earlier this month from fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Stanway Rovers, whom he captained during the Covid-19 impacted 2019/20 campaign.

FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town FC v Ely City..Pictured: Jon Carver (S) and Sam Goodge (E)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (37078329)
FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town FC v Ely City..Pictured: Jon Carver (S) and Sam Goodge (E)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (37078329)

Shinn recently described the centre-back as being a player that could help to take Newmarket to the next level – and Carver is keen to realise that ambition.

“From the outside looking in, it seems like a really good group at Newmarket,” said the former Stowmarket Town player.

“They are a good side, I’ve always had tough games against them and the way they play is going to suit me.

FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town FC v Haverhill Rovers ..Pictured: Jon Carver (S)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (37193493)
FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town FC v Haverhill Rovers ..Pictured: Jon Carver (S)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (37193493)

“When I spoke to the manager he told me how big a part of his plans I was and it felt like the right move.

“I am a player that is always striving to improve and I want to play as high as I can.

“Newmarket want to go up eventually and whether that happens next season or the season after, I want to be a part of that.”

Carver was particularly impressed with Newmarket during his two matches against them in Stanway colours last term.

FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Stanway Rovers Newmarket's Michael Shinn skips a tackle. Picture by Mark Westley. (37193787)
FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Stanway Rovers Newmarket's Michael Shinn skips a tackle. Picture by Mark Westley. (37193787)

Shinn’s men only picked up a point over the course of the 180 minutes, but the new recruit felt they could have quite easily collected all six.

“We played against them in the first game of the season and won it 2-1,” he added.

“To be honest it was a bit of a lucky win – a draw or even a Newmarket win probably wouldn’t have been unfair.

“And then away from home we had a man sent off and were forced to dig in for a point. Newmarket were good that day and we saw the 0-0 as a positive result.”

FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Stanway Rovers Newmarket Captain Mark Lovell Picture by Mark Westley. (37193774)
FOOTBALL: Newmarket Town v Stanway Rovers Newmarket Captain Mark Lovell Picture by Mark Westley. (37193774)

It remains to be seen when Carver will get to link up with his new team-mates on the pitch, with the Football Association having recently outlined a number of scenarios for 2020/21 league campaigns depending on which month football is able to start.

However, whenever the green light comes, Carver is confident Newmarket will be challenging towards the top end.

“There is a lot of quality at the club and I am sure we will be up there snapping at the heels of the top sides,” he said. “Stowmarket will be the favourites again obviously, but nothing is a given, and I think we will be in and among it.”