Dwyer has a bright future - Joachim
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn striker Julian Joachim predicts a bright future for teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer.The former Premiership star believes his young understudy has the raw materials to forge a successful career in the game after notching twice in his first seven senior Blue Square North outings.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn striker Julian Joachim predicts a bright future for teenage hitman Dominic Dwyer.
The former Premiership star believes his young understudy has the raw materials to forge a successful career in the game after notching twice in his first seven senior Blue Square North outings.
Joachim struck more than 100 goals in 450 league appearances after bursting onto the scene himself as a youngster at Leicester before a high profile close season move to The Walks.
'I'd love to be his age again - I tell you that,' he said. 'I think he has something about him. He's still raw but he's quick, lively and as everyone can see he scores goals so that is definitely something good for him and King's Lynn in the future. He's only played a few games yet so its important not to put too much pressure on him but who knows what he can go on to do and achieve if he keeps working hard at his game.'
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Joachim made a match-winning return from a groin injury to sink Stalybridge Celtic before being named as an unused substitute in Monday's 1-0 league defeat at Droylsden.
'It's been so frustrating over the last month,' he said. 'It's actually quite draining when you just watch the game and don't have any input. It takes a lot out of you. When you're injured you get wound up because you just want to go on and play. I could do with an injury-free run now to the end of the season because you lose your fitness and sharpness. I expect it'll take a game or two to come back.
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'I've been fairly lucky this season as it's the only real knock I've had. Probably the older you get it takes that extra week or two to get over injuries. I had a game in the reserves just to test the groin and blow away the cobwebs but it was nice to get back.'
Joachim was recently linked with a return to hometown club Boston United in the summer but the former Coventry striker is prepared to finish his playing career at The Walks.
The 34-year-old insists the club's well documented financial problems following the New Year exit of major backer Michael Chinn will not influence his decision.
'That side of things doesn't go away but the main priority as players is to try and get things right on the pitch, climb the table, and then if investors or whatever want to come in they can look at it and see we're doing alright,' he said. 'I'll probably play another year. I'm still enjoying it and while that is the case I'll keep playing - the minute I stop enjoying it or the legs go will be it. At end of day if they want me here next year I'll probably sign - I've got no plans to go anywhere else. I want at least another year playing but it's not down to me whether the club offer me a year. All you can do is wait and see how things progress but once I finish playing that is it - I've always said coaching is not for me.'
Joachim insists Lynn can still secure a top ten finish despite the latest setback at the play-off chasing Bloods.
'It's always about striving for that bit more consistency,' he said. 'If we'd done that for the whole season we would be a lot higher in the league. In a lot of our draws we've been comfortable in games and given away silly goals. We just have to learn from those and learn how to protect a lead but we've still got something to go at over the last few games. There's five or six left, so let's try to win as many as we can and who knows. Stalybridge were a decent team and you can see whey they are up there in the table. They play good football but if we're on our game we know we can beat anyone - especially at home.'
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