The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Joshua Richards

MUCH-trav­elled striker Jake Jervis had his first taste of the Devon derby on Tues­day night, but was well pre­pared for the oc­ca­sion af­ter a sea­son spent in Tur­key.

The 24-year-old turned out for ten clubs be­fore a sum­mer switch to Ply­mouth Ar­gyle, among them Turk­ish Su­per Lig side Elazigspor for whom he scored away at Fener­bahce in a fiery 2-2 draw in which three play­ers were sent off.

In the calmer climes of Eng­land’s south west, Jervis’ Ply­mouth beat ri­vals Ex­eter City 2-0 to ad­vance in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy.


And while Jervis does not re­gret his 12 months in Tur­key, he is happy to be home.

“It’s a bit dif­fer­ent over there,” he said.“If things aren’t go­ing right for the home team chairs start get­ting thrown around.

“It’s a lot eas­ier be­ing over here with my fam­ily around. I was on my own over there. I’m not some­one that re­grets any­thing I do and I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced play­ing abroad now, I know what it is like.

“I’d con­sider play­ing abroad again, but it would have to be the right move and for now I’m very happy to be back in Eng­land.

“To win the derby against Ex­eter was great. The boys moved the ball around well and the at­mos­phere was bril­liant, but then there does al­ways seem to be a great at­mos­phere at Home Park.”

Be­fore ar­riv­ing at Ply­mouth Jervis’ ca­reer has been stop-start to put it mildly. He has tried his hand in ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try, be­ing farmed out on loan from Birm­ing­ham, and most re­cently ended up north of the bor­der with Ross County.

Twelve league starts for Portsmouth in the sec­ond half of the 2013-14 sea­son is the most con­sis­tent run he has had at any side.

But his best goalscor­ing re­turn has al­ready been racked up at Ply­mouth, hav­ing found the net seven times this term.

Jervis does not want to be la­belled a Football League jour­ney­man, though, and hopes Home Park can be­come a per­ma­nent abode.

“It’s al­ways im­por­tant to set­tle as quickly as pos­si­ble and I think the fact the team is play­ing so well has helped me,” he added.

“This is prob­a­bly the long­est run I have had in a first team, the man­ager has given me the con­fi­dence by show­ing he be­lieves in me and I’d like to think I’m re­pay­ing that.


“Any young player just needs that first chance to prove them­selves, for some­one to show some faith, then it’s up to them to prove them­selves.

“Find­ing a home is some­thing, be­fore I moved, the man­ager spoke to me about. It’s im­por­tant for my fam­ily that I stop mov­ing around. If I’m en­joy­ing my football then there’s no rea­son to move, whether Ply­mouth go up or not.

“We don’t want to look too far ahead, but at the mo­ment we are do­ing very well. We’re keep­ing level heads, but hav­ing the fans singing about be­ing top of the league is nice to hear.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GOT IT LICKED: Jake Jervis is en­joy­ing a fine start to the sea­son with Ply­mouth GLO­BE­TROT­TER: Jervis scored for Elazigspor at Fener­bahce

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