Schwan Jalal, the Iraqi-born Peterborough Utd player, is the latest footballer rumoured to become the next Rushden ‘keeper. Jalal has played for Woking, Posh and Morecoambe, as well as the England C squad, for which Andy Burgess played for this summer.
After apparently shunning moves to BSP-rivals Oxford and Torquay, Jalal has expressed his interest in signing for the Diamonds. Nontheless, Barry Fry has thrown a spanner in the works, claiming that he “doubt[s] very much” that the deal will go ahead.
“Shwan tells me that Rushden have been onto him and I think he quite fancies the move, but I doubt very much whether we can agree terms with them. I have spoken to the Rushden manager Garry Hill before and we were miles apart. Shwan won’t be going unless the deal is right and that means a transfer fee.”
Keith Cousins, who recently stated his desire to “give everyone a team that is going to have a chance [at promotion] next season”, will have a chance to put his money where his mouth is, if the deal is to have any chance of going ahead.
With pre-season training just a week or so away, Rushden are still none-the-wiser regarding who will be starting between the sticks next term. Martyn Margarson, who has played just 3 times for the club, is the clubs only current first-team keeper. Dale Roberts has been linked with another loan deal back to the club (even after RDFC Blog wrote him off after his first match), while youth-teamer Joe Day has also been tipped to be capably of starting for the team.
Jalal asked to be put on the transfer list at Peterborough last Christmas. In the subsequent period he went on loan to League 2-side Morecambe, where he made 12 appearences. At both Posh and Morecambe he received mixed rections, summed up by a Shrimps fan’s comment below…
I think he has the talent, but to me looks like he doesn’t really believe in himself, or he can’t be arsed!