Livingston FC is delighted to announce the signing of English striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on a one-year deal, with the club having an option of a second year, subject to international clearance.
A graduate of the very successful Arsenal FC youth academy, the 29-year-old went on to play for the Arsenal first-team and lists QPR, Ipswich Town, Bristol City, Cardiff City & Gillingham as his previous clubs, most recently playing for Thai side, PTT Rayong.
Jay enjoyed arguably the best spell of his career whilst with Bristol City, scoring 21 goals and claiming 12 assists during the 2013/14 season. Opportunities weren’t as forthcoming in the 2014/15 season but the forward still made a significant contribution, scoring 12 goals and 8 assists as The Robins won both League One and the EFL Trophy.
Head of Football Operations David Martindale said: “Jay has been in training with us for a week or so and has performed really well in training. To be honest, he fits the profile we were looking for perfectly since Lyndon departed. His link up play is fantastic and it will give us that much needed focal point up top that we have been missing since Lyndon moved on.
“I certainly believe it’s a bit of a coup to get a player that has played the amount of games Jay has played at a very good level – with over 150 games in the English Championship alone. He’s still only 29 and has a good number of years left playing top level football.
“He has some fantastic attributes and will complement the other strikers at the club while giving us a lot of flexibility when it comes to formations given he can play up top himself or in a 2.
“He has come in and shown a great attitude and integrated into the group very well. He has shown a tremendous desire to get back playing at the top level and we are very excited at what Jay can bring to the table.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience and I know Jay is keen to help the other strikers at the club by passing on those footballing experiences and from what we have seen at training, I know that the other strikers at the club will enjoy playing beside him.”
JET will wear the vacant number 9 shirt for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
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