Boss' patience pays off as winger Jake Thomson signs with Exeter City
PAUL Tisdale's two-year pursuit of Jake Thomson has finally paid off after the youngster signed a one-year deal with Exeter City.
The former Southampton winger becomes the Grecians' third summer signing following the captures of defender Billy Jones and keeper Artur Krysiak.
And the 21-year-old said: "I am really pleased to have signed for Exeter. It is great that it is all done and dusted now.
"I have been down to Exeter a few times and I knew what the ground was like and the fans as well.
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"My agent told me that the manager has been following me for a couple of years and that we should get together and have a chat.
"We spoke for about an hour-and-a-half and I was pretty dead set that I wanted to come down and join."
Thomson has been brought in to address the club's chronic lack of width last season.
And the confident wide-man gave City fans an insight into what he will bring to the side when the new season gets underway on August 7.
"I'm direct, I'm quite quick, I can cross a ball and I can create quite a lot of opportunities for other people," he said.
"I am never going to shy away from running at someone, even if I am tackled once or twice.
"I know I am more than likely going to get past them on the next occasion and I trust my ability to get good crosses into the box.
"I can't wait to start playing and it can't come quick enough for me."
Saints academy graduate Thomson is a former England under-17 international who, through his father's origins, has now opted to play for Trinidad & Tobago.
He has already appeared for them in the under-20 World Cup and was called up to the senior squad for the Soca Warriors' last two World Cup 2010 qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico.
Thomson, who's a contemporary of ex-Saints starlets Theo Walcott (Arsenal) and Gareth Bale (Spurs), has made seven starts and nine substitute appearances for League One side Southampton.
He made his Saints debut in August 2008 against Cardiff City but he found first team appearances hard to come by and went out on loan to Bournemouth at the beginning of 2009. Last season the Portsmouth-born wideman joined Torquay initially on a one-month loan, which was extended until the end of the campaign. He made 15 appearances for the Gulls and scored one goal in the process.
"I enjoyed my time at Torquay but this is a fresh challenge for me and I can't wait," he added.