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July 29, 2019


“I feel qualified to comment on the resigning of Martin Ball and the possible consequences of it having followed his career with interest”
“A fantastic young player under the influence of the brilliant combination of Ian Spencer and Daryl Claypole with the Academy and reserves before making his way into the first team where he hit the ground running, impressing Tommy Brookbanks with his combative midfield displays and scoring a fair number of goals into the bargain”
“Ball played a key role in Carlton’s success but when Brookbanks left for Hucknall Town, the squad split up with many moving with Tommy and others finding other clubs as Les Mcjannet and Mark Clarke built a whole new squad and went on to have their own period of success, winning the Senior Cup for the first time and getting Carlton to the playoffs after a fantastic 2nd season in charge”
“Ball returned after fantastic success at Grantham himself, but his next stay at Carlton was short lived after Worksop Town blew him away with an outstanding offer to play for them”
“He was to return to Carlton again under Mcjannet, but in the two games I saw, he looked a shadow of the player I had seen play for Carlton and Grantham”
“He came back to Carlton at a time when Mcjannet’s reign was in a downward spiral and didn’t see eye to eye with the way things were going to run under Wayne Scott who took over from Mcjannet, so another parting of the ways was inevitable”
“That was some 4 years ago and Ball is now in his early thirties and had recently been playing at Clifton All Whites”
“Brookbanks faith in him I’m told is genuine and heartfelt and on speaking to my contacts at Carlton in the last few days, I am told his commitment, attitude and performances have been top draw during the pre-season”
“He was among those at the club who attended Roy Garton’s funeral and has been instrumental in setting up the big Louth to Nottingham bike ride, set to take place on Sunday 22nd September”
“This could go one of two ways, of that I am very clear and in his new role at the back, he is going to have to use all his experience, his ability in the air will be undoubtedly be a positive along with his composure on the ball and he reads the game exceptionally well”
“I am told he looks lean and mean and I understand he was man of the match in a recent cup final for Clifton All Whites despite being on the losing side”
“So is it another triumph for Brookbanks who make no mistake, was pivotal to this signing or are Carlton signing a player past his sell by date?”
“My gut feeling is that Brookbanks has got this right and Ball will be a positive influence both on and off the pitch, it’s not long before we find out and not just because of my historic connections with the club, I for one am hoping that will be the case” concluded Hayes.



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