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Uchegbulam Excited To Get Going

11 August 2023

Interviews

Uchegbulam Excited To Get Going

11 August 2023

Dale’s newest recruit says he can’t wait to get started with the Club.

Jesurun Uchegbulam has joined from Chesterfield for an undisclosed nominal fee, signing a two-year deal.

The 22-year-old says he only heard good things about Dale when speaking to Jimmy McNulty and other people in the game.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here,” he commented.

“It’s something that’s been going on for a while behind the scenes and I’m glad to get it over the line.

“I spoke to Jimmy [McNulty] and a few others about the club and everything I’ve heard has attracted me here.

“He [Jimmy] told me how he wants to play. He said he’s been studying me for a long time now and that he loves players like me. He sold it to me really well.”

The Nigerian-born winger spent last season in the National League with The Spireites and felt he learn a lot during that time, after spending time further down the period with Matlock Town.

“It’s definitely a competitive league that a lot of people don’t know about.

“I think it’s one that takes everyone by surprise in a sense. From being at Chesterfield last year, I’ve learned a lot about the league, and obviously about myself as a player.

“I can definitely say that it's made me into a better player. I just want to now take that into being here at the Club.

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“A lot of people would say that I’m quick, powerful, good in one-versus-one situations, got an eye for goal, goals or assists, whichever one it is.

“I’m one to entertain the crowd and want to do well for the team. I like a bit of trickery now and then to get fans on their feet. I feel like if you’ve got that something special, that bit more ability, then it’s always good to use it.”

Uchegbulam’s first day with the squad was on Thursday and he feels part of the team already.

“All the lads have welcomed me; they’ve made me feel really special and welcomed and that’s all that it’s about.

“Obviously, the gaffer, the staff, everyone has just made me feel already a part of the team.

“But now we’ve got a game just around the corner with Oxford City on Saturday, so I’ve just got to pick it up as quickly as I can and do it all for the team.”

As a youngster, Jez – as he is nicknamed – and his family moved to Italy, where he was scouted by AC Milan and spent time in their Academy, but not initially as the winger he is today.

“Most kids start somewhere, I was fortunate enough to start in early at AC Milan, where funnily enough a lot of people don’t know that I started off as at centre-half.

“As the years went on, everyone saw that I can score a lot of goals and move up the pitch really well.

“So, I started to go more and more forward, and now I’m a winger!”

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