Andrew Danylyszyn reckons ‘quiet assassin’ Jack Thomas can play a starring role in Tamworth’s midfield in their latest quest for promotion.
Midfielder Thomas has penned a deal at the club for the upcoming season after spells with Northern Premier League pair Ilkeston Town and Basford.
Starting his career at Mansfield Town, the 24-year-old was highly-rated and broke into the first team under then Stags boss Paul Cox.
But a change in manager brought about a change in first team chances for Thomas.
“I’ve worked with Jack previously at Mansfield as he was breaking into the first team. His rise was that quick because of his work rate and commitment, he went into the first team and he was playing League Two football,” Tamworth joint boss Andrew Danylyszyn said.
“He was doing so well that Sheffield Wednesday came in and put a bid in for him. But Paul Cox, who was the manager at the time, didn’t want to let him go because he was doing so well.
“Steve Evans came in and he just wanted experienced lads, so Jack was pushed out a bit and that’s how he ended up dropping down the leagues – but he’s an exceptional player.
After spending a few seasons lower down the pyramid enjoying his football, Danylyszyn reckons Tamworth could be the place for Thomas to flourish.
“If Jack Thomas comes in and performs at his best, I don’t think he’ll be at Tamworth for more than 18 months unless we get promoted and he wants to stay at the club,” he said.
“He’s a rough diamond. He’s got the attributes and the mentality to be a real player.
“Sometimes when you have a knockback, people don’t realise it can affect your journey as a player for a year or two and you have to re-evaluate everything sometimes.
“Steve Evans had a negative effect on him, and he’ll push on again because he’s young enough.”
Thomas is a midfielder by trade. But at his past clubs he’s shown versatility – playing at right-back and most recently starring on the wing at Basford.
It’s that kind of versatility and willingness to succeed that fits exactly what the Tamworth management team are looking for.
“It’s about signing the right players now, everyone needs to work hard.
“He [Jack Thomas] fits that mould and fits what we’re doing. He’s versatile, too – he’s played everywhere.
“He loves a tackle, he’s a quiet assassin. I’m really excited to get him in.”