Gainsborough Trinity’s first summer signing Nathan Jarman wants a minimum of 20 goals next season, and he’ll celebrate each and every one – even if he nets against former club North Ferriby United.
The front man wants to fire the Blues up the National League North next season and into the play-offs, after two successful seasons at Ferriby where he scored over 40 goals and won the FA Trophy at Wembley.
In his first interview since signing for the club, Jarman expressed his delight to be playing football at the Martin and Co Arena next season.
He said: “I feel really good, delighted in fact to have joined. I’m happy that we have got it all sorted and that it wasn’t a long and drawn out process.”
“I got a message off the chairman saying if I did decide to leave Ferriby, would I let them know so they could speak to me. When it was decided I was going to leave we exchanged messages, arranged to meet up with the chairman and the manager and it was sorted out that afternoon.”
One of the major reasons for the former Barnsley trainee signing on the dotted line, was the familiar faces, especially Jamie Yates, and Trinity’s desire to push for the play offs also struck a chord.
He said: “I know a lot of the lads at the club and that was a big thing for me in coming over.
The first season at Ferriby, me and Jamie played all the games together.
He set up loads of goals for me, I couldn’t tell you an exact figure, but it was a lot of goals. I always used to celebrate with him after the goals, and I can’t wait to get back playing with him.”
“We want to be successful this season and want to push on. I know the club were in the play off final a couple of seasons ago and that’s the aim again. As long as we are trying to be successful then I am happy to be here but I don’t want to be flirting against relegation or even mid table. I want to be at the top.”
Jarman, did state that his intention was to stay in East Yorkshire, but the Villagers back tracked on contract talks, following a spell injured.
He said: “We spoke about another contract at Ferriby in January and then I got injured and didn’t hear anything about it again. When you know your not going to get another contract, I decided to sort myself out early with another club and thankfully Gainsborough came in.”
On the last day of the season, and after the club had been put up for sale by the owners, most of the North Ferriby team found themselves jobless.
Jarman described the situation: “It wasn’t nice. I knew I was going to be ok. The manager came in after the last game of the season and said that if you haven’t got a new contract then you wouldn’t be getting one. ‘We are going to be relegated. It’s not a case of rumours, we are definitely getting relegated from the Conference North’ and some of the lads were totally gutted. They had mortgages on the strength of the football money and it was hard for them to take. The lads that had banked on staying and the young lads that weren’t on great money, they were counting on that money and have had to take a pay cut.”
There has been good news for the Villagers since then, as they have confirmed they are staying in the division and the majority of players were offered new deals last week.
“I’m pleased for the lads and for the fans that still have a club to support at that level,” he said.
A new chapter awaits now for the former Alfreton and Corby striker, two teams that have returned to the newly named National League North for the upcoming season.
Jarman is eager to get in the goals against his former sides.
“To be honest, I’m not looking at when the fixtures are against them. As long as we beat them and I score, I’m not bothered. There will be none of this not celebrating stuff, I’m not into that. I scored against Alfreton for Ferriby and I celebrated in that. I play for Gainsborough now and if I score for them, I will be celebrating regardless.”
First comes a summer break and then pre-season training, a frustrating spell for Jarman.
The man who has netted six times against Trinity, including a hat-trick for Ferriby, is already getting itchy feet.
“I’m desperate to get back into it already. I want to play as soon as I can, get straight into it and repay the faith that everyone has put into me really. The chairman, the manager and the players. I’m getting a lot of nice messages off the lads I already know and from the fans on social media. I want to hit the ground running and start scoring goals.”
“I’d be satisfied with 20, delighted with 30. Twenty is the minimum I want to get. If I play the majority of games, I back myself to get 20 goals.”