Former supporters’ player-of-the-year Jemel Fox is back at AFC Sudbury and looking for redemption after leaving the Yellows under a cloud.
The nephew of former professional Ruel Fox made his switch from Diss Town back to AFC 18 months after his contract was terminated following breaches of discipline including not attending training and seeking medical attention without the club’s knowledge.
It followed a 52-day ban for laying hands on a referee and failing to give his name in a six-a-side league in Ipswich.
But after answering an SOS call from new manager David Batch after his left-sided defenders Josh Turner and Josh Carus picked up injuries, he is determined to make his second spell a happy one.
“You are young and inexperienced and you make mistakes in your life and that was a massive mistake I made,” said 22-year-old Fox, who played in AFC’s opening two games, Saturday’s 3-1 win at Thurrock and Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Soham Town Rangers.
“I’m now back to prove a point that I should never have left and I should never have done what I did.”
With new signing Turner facing a knee operation and a possible three-month lay-off, Fox has a chance to cement his place in his old left-back spot.
And the player who won the division after joining Mark Morsley’s Leiston in February 2012 has high hopes he can achieve promotion again, but this time with Sudbury.
“They have some great coaching staff here and it is a new focus and a Sudbury,” said the player who has remained a coach with the AFC Sudbury Ladies side and is the young people’s health ambassador at Community Action Suffolk.
“I believe I have come to the club at the right time and I believe we will be up there this year in the top five and hopefully challenging for the play-offs and promotion.
Former Wroxham midfielder Angelo Harrop has become Batch’s 15th signing following his trial and after a U-turn on playing for Witham, despite being told he is not first choice and his new boss claiming he was offered far better terms at the Essex club.
Michael Brothers serves the last game of his suspension while striker Ben Thompson (holiday) will return and captain Sam Clarke (knee) should recover for the visit of Waltham Forest on Saturday (3pm), with AFC travelling to hotly-tipped Maldon and Tiptree on Tuesday (7.45pm).