Jerome Okimo in surprise move to League Two Stevenage
In a surprise late close season move, League Two Stevenage have agreed terms with Wealdstone to take highly talented left back Jerome Okimo to Broadhall Way where he will sensationally link up with former Stones forward Tom Pett and is expected to go straight into their first team squad.
There is no doubt that losing Jerome, particularly just before the start of Stones’ Vanarama Conference South campaign comes as a major blow to the club, but this is undoubtedly a dream opportunity for the 26 year old as he joins an ever lengthening list of players developed by Wealdstone that have moved on to the professional ranks over many seasons.
Wealdstone Manager Gordon Bartlett said: ‘We are all delighted for Jerome who thoroughly deserves to be a pro. At 26, he probably felt his chance had gone but his attitude,pace,strength and all round qualities were a massive part of our title winning side last season and it was bound to get noticed. Losing two players to the professional ranks is a big blow to the squad and maybe we have have been victims of our own success. ‘The timing of his departure has not helped preparations and I have turned away two very good left backs in the past few weeks knowing that Jerome had already signed. He will be difficult to replace but we must look on this positively as we have helped yet another player to achieve his person ambition of full time football. I believe Jerome has all the attributes to do extremely well and with Tom Pett settling in well they could both have an immediate impact’