Quorn of the Unibond Division One South have signed ex-Saddler Julian Joachim in hope of kick starting their season after a poor opening.Joachim, now 34-year has had around £4 million spent on him in transfer fees during his career made his debut in Quorn’s 2-0 home defeat to bottom of the league Willenhall on Tuesday night. A result which keeps them last but one in the league, because of Willenhall starting the season on -10 points:
Joachim burst on to the scene as at Leicester and was part of the England U18 side that won the European Championships in 1993 before winning nine England Under 21 caps.
He moved to Aston Villa for £1.5 million in 1996 and over the course of five years starred in 141 games and scored 39 times for Villa in the Premier League including an appearance in the 2000 FA Cup Final, but injuries began to take their toll and hamper his game, which was all about pace.
He dropped a level to Coventry for £2 million in 2001 before spells at Leeds United, Walsall, Boston, Darlington and Kings Lynn.
At Walsall signed by Paul Merson, his 6 goals in 8 games helped Walsall avoid a second relegation in two seasons. Despite the club wanting him for the next season, Joachim instead chose to join his home club Boston, who were then big spending (out of their means), before adminstration and relegation. As their most valuable asset, a year later Joachim was sold to Darlington but this did little to recover their debts.
Former Leicester City defender Phil Gilchrist, already in the Quorn squad was delighted after his signing and told ‘The Loughborough Echo’:”I got to know Julian through playing various charity matches,” explains Keast. “He’s become a friend and I asked him to help us out.
“While it’s a big signing for the club, Julian’s very modest and just wants to quietly get on with doing his best here.”