Notts County have signed Belgian born Elisha Sam after the 23-year-old striker leaves Bulgarian top flight side Arda Kardzhali who finished eighth in their first ever season of the countries highest ranked professional division.
The 6ft5in striker scored three goals in eighteen appearances for Arda following his move from FC Eindhoven where he averaged just under a goal in every four games for the Dutch second string team after a spell in Israel where he played for Hapoel Acre and Hapoel Nazareth Illit.
The former Lierse and Standard Liege youth player is a handful striker who will offer the Magpies another dimension and is one equipped to play at a higher level following a good pedigree of previous clubs.
On signing the Antwerp born front man Notts Manager Neal Ardley stated “We wanted to add pace to complement the way we try to play and it’s rare to find someone with a target man’s build who’s also mobile and quick. We thought it was going to be a long shot to get Elisha and there’s been a lot of hard work to get it to this point.”
“He’s come out extremely strongly in all our research and his movement is the thing that really took me by surprise. He enjoys dropping into pockets and technically he’s very, very good.”
“He’s a really pleasant boy who’s worked hard for every team he’s played for – we’ve done our research on that as well. We feel he’ll fit into everything we’re trying to grow here and that he’ll be an exciting addition.”
“It’s never easy coming to a new country so we’ve got to be a little bit patient with him but he’s well above his years in his maturity and I think he’ll take it in his stride.”
*Main image @Official_NCFC Sam signs for Notts County from Bulgarian top division side Arda.