Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The New Guys - Paris Cowan-Hall

Who is he?

A sprightly forward, who can play up front or wide on the right.

Where’s he come from? 

Woking, where he scored 11 goals in 27 appearances during a title winning campaign that saw the Cards promoted to the Blue Square Premier.

And before that?

Cowan-Hall started his senior career at Portsmouth, where he made a solitary appearance in a pre-season friendly. A couple of loan spells at Grimsby were blighted by illness and injury, before Pompey got rid after their relegation from the Premier League in 2010.  Trials at several Championship and League One clubs followed, before a short-term deal with Scunthorpe resulted in a substitute appearance in a Championship fixture against Watford.   The Iron then sent our man out on loan at Rushden and Diamonds, his boyhood club, where he scored one goal in three appearances. With no new deal forthcoming from Glanford Park, Paris opted to drop down the leagues and sign a one-year contract with Woking, then of the Conference South.

Any fee involved?

No transfer fee, although compensation is owed to Woking due to his age (21).

What’s he like?

Quick, but also good in the air for a player of his size (5ft 8).  At Woking Cowan-Hall played predominantly as a centre-forward, but Carl Fletcher is likely to deploy him on either side of a front three.