Notts County have pulled off an audacious raid on Huddersfield Town by fending off much competition to snap up Jon Stead.
Stead’s arrival at Notts sends out a clear message to the rest of the division - that Notts are serious about promotion- with the attacker penning a two-year deal at Meadow Lane following his release by Huddersfield Town.
Manager Ricardo Moniz wants his new side to be ruthless in front of goal next season and expects 60 goals from his front line.
Moniz has turned his attention to the former England Under 21 international to spearhead the Magpies’ promotion push, and the former Terriers’ striker is keen to repay his new manager’s faith in him.
“After speaking to the manager, he sees me as a part of the project of getting the club on the right track and it is brilliant to feel wanted like that”, Stead said.
Stead had an almighty season whilst on loan at Bradford City last campaign where he helped the Bantrams to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
Bradford sank Premier League champions Chelsea in the competition and the side were desperate to retain Stead’s services.
But in a dramatic turn of events the much-travelled Stead has instead opted for a move to Notts- admitting that it was the ambition shown by Guy Branston, the club’s head if recruitment, which convinced him to join the East Midlands outfit.
“The move came through a lot of pestering from Guy Branston. I remember him as a player and didn’t want to let him down.
“Guy told me about the project and the club moving forward, first of all getting back into League 1 and kicking on from there.
“And speaking to the manager (Ricardo Moniz) and hearing his philosophy, I’m interested to see how things pan out”, he added.
The dynamic forward will add muscle to Notts’ attacking armoury and will hope to make Moniz’s hopes a reality by helping Notts to make an immediate return to League 1 next season.
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