Jinadu set to sign as Castle prepares for opening match

PUBLISHED: 12:48 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 06 May 2010

ST Albans City manager Steve Castle is hopeful of signing defender Tobi Jinadu who made an impressive debut as a second-half substitute against Watford on Tuesday. Powerful centre back Jinadu, aged 24, looked colossal in the air and composed on the ground

ST Albans City manager Steve Castle is hopeful of signing defender Tobi Jinadu who made an impressive debut as a second-half substitute against Watford on Tuesday.

Powerful centre back Jinadu, aged 24, looked colossal in the air and composed on the ground as he made a big impression. Castle said: "He is good in the air and is nice and strong. I am hoping we can sort something out."

Jinadu featured for Heybridge Swifts last season before a knee injury kept him out of the latter stages of the campaign. The big defender was upbeat about his chances of signing with Saints after talks with the manager following the final whistle on Tuesday.

City will be without centre back Ryan Frater for the Blue Square South kick off. The big defender has yet to have the cast removed after suffering a hairline fracture of his leg against a Spurs XI earlier this summer. Castle has since been looking to add another defender to his squad and Jinadu could fit the bill.

l Coaches have been organised to get St Albans City Supporters Club members to the away games next Monday and on Saturday week.

The coach to Monday's game against Worcester City leaves Clarence Road at 3.30pm. The cost for members is £16 for adults and £10 for juniors.

The coach for the Dorchester Town match on Saturday, August 16, leaves Clarence Road at 9am. Fares are £19 for adult supporters club members and £12 for juniors.

Tickets for the coaches can be obtained at the club shop at this Saturday's game against Havant and Waterlooville at Clarence Park. Alternatively they can be booked by phoning Ian Bangs on 07733 381874 or Peter Knock on 01727 847484.

l City are hosting a three-day Summer Soccer School at Clarence Park from Monday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 20, suitable for children aged six to 12.

It will run from 10am-3pm and costs £40 for three days or £15 per day.

There will be FA-Qualified coaches and experienced professionals on hand and there will be prizes to be won.

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment by calling 07968 857492 or the club on 01727 864296 to book up or for further information.

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