Imps Secure First Summer Signing

Credit Graham Burrell

City have added a new face to the professional ranks, by signing Jovon Makama on his first full-time deal.

The 17-year-old has impressed for the Under 18s this season, and he will head out to Gainsborough Trinity for the 21/22 season to gain a full campaign of senior football. He will train with the Imps during the week too, in a move that was widely expected to happen for some players after Tom Shaw joined Gainsborough.

“It feels amazing and I’m really happy,” said Jovon, who originates from Long Eaton. “It’s a proud moment for me and my family. The hard work has paid off, but now I want to keep improving as a player.”

Jovon is the fourth scholar to be given a full contract, following in the footsteps of Hayden Can, Sam Long and Sean Roughan. He told the club’s official site that being around those players helped inspire him and push him further.

Makama, far right – Credit Graham Burrell

“I stay in accommodation with the other Scholars, so seeing how they live was another motivation to keep pushing. I wanted to be in the same shoes as them and now I get the opportunity.”

Director of Football Jez George confirmed his switch to Gainsborough, adding: “Jovon is a talented young player, who can play across the front line, and has demonstrated his undoubted potential throughout the season.  He has all the physical attributes to become a professional footballer.  He will now have the opportunity to train with our first team every day and take his first steps into senior football through a loan with Gainsborough Trinity next season.”

Jovon joined the Imps from Derby County and is a well-built centre forward with tidy feet. He impressed for the Under 18s during the recent FA Cup run and has previously appeared for the first team in pre-season against Scunthorpe United.