Livingston FC can confirm that striker Joel Nouble has returned from his loan spell at Championship leaders Arbroath and will join back up with the squad when the players return to training on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old joined us on an initial 2-year deal in the summer, with the club having the option of a third year, and has spent the first half of the season with Dick Campbell’s team alongside midfielder Harrison Clark.
The frontman started out in the youth ranks at both Chelsea and Millwall before signing for Dagenham and Redbridge in 2011 at the age of 15. Joel would go on to have a number of loan spells in his early career before moving to Bishop’s Stortford in 2016 in the National League South.
This was followed by moves to Grays Athletic, Thurrock and Haringey Borough all in the Isthmian League Premier Division before stepping up to National League South with Concord Rangers in 2019/20 and then Aldershot in the National League last season.
In 2018, the striker made his international debut for Cascadia at the 2018 ConIFA World Cup, scoring twice in a 6-0 win over Tamil Eelam.
Joel’s loan spell with Arbroath this season has been a huge success, scoring 5 times and being involved in a number of other goals whilst also becoming somewhat of a fans favourite as the Red Lichties climbed to the top of the Championship table.
On his return to the club, manager David Martindale said: “I’m delighted to welcome Joel back as a Livingston player for the remainder of the season.
“Joel’s went out on loan and done exactly what all managers hope their loan players do – make the team they are joining better and have their phone ringing constantly asking if he is available in January from various managers!
“It’s been a fantastic loan period for Joel and I have to thank Arbroath FC and both Dick & Ian Campbell for the part they have played in Joel’s development. They have been a fantastic fit for one another.
“Joel came into Livingston on trial in the summer and from day one has got his head down and worked hard. He embraced the opportunity to go out on loan to Arbroath and that’s testament to the character that Joel is. I am delighted to bring him back and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in a Livingston shirt.”
Welcome back, Joel!