The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ross Law­son

SCOR­ING 62 goals in 36 games at any level will get you no­ticed, and Northamp­ton man­ager Justin Ed­in­burgh is con­vinced he’s found an un­pol­ished gem in Leon Lobjoit.

To call Lobjoit pro­lific doesn’t do him jus­tice, and his av­er­age of more than 1.7 goals per game while at Buck­ing­ham Town has earned him an­other shot at the EFL.

The 22-year-old striker spent time as a teenager at Coven­try and MK Dons and scored in a re­serve team friendly dur­ing a twoweek trial with the Cob­blers.

It prompted Northamp­ton to give Lobjoit – who was ply­ing his trade in the United Coun­ties League Divi­sion One, the tenth tier of English foot­ball – a twoyear deal from next sea­son.

Ed­in­burgh claims his po­ten­tial was too good to re­sist. “It is a gam­ble worth tak­ing,” he said. “My be­lief is the size of the goal doesn’t change and the po­si­tion of it doesn’t move.

“Ob­vi­ously, there is a step up in lev­els, but Leon has had good ground­ing at MK Dons, Coven­try and was on trial at QPR for a lit­tle while, but in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion.

“Ev­ery­thing we have seen about him we thought was good. There is a lot to work with and he has a good at­ti­tude.

“He is some­body who re­alises he has been given an­other op­por­tu­nity and is des­per­ate to take that.”

While boss at New­port, Ed­in­burgh plucked an­other di­a­mond from the Non-League ranks in 24year-old for­ward Conor Wash­ing­ton, who is now at QPR. He be­lieves it is a valu­able source of play­ers.

“I have come through Non-League my­self as a man­ager, so I am fully aware of the qual­ity at that level,” added Ed­in­burgh.

“They don’t all work out, but there are plenty of play­ers out there ca­pa­ble of do­ing that. Hope­fully, Leon can fol­low in the foot­steps of Conor.”

GOALS: Leon Lobjoit

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