He may not be available for the opening game Saturday, yet enough pieces have fallen into place that the Quakes have confirmed the acquisition of English midfielder Simon Dawkins
on loan from Tottenham.
Dawkins, 23, trained and played with the Quakes during their preseason trip to England last month and is the first player to cross the Atlantic since the clubs agreed to a partnership in October, 2008. “Simon is technically very, very good and can play in a number of positions,” said Tim Sherwood, Tottenham’s technical coordinator and a veteran of 17 English League seasons, in a Quakes press release. “He scores goals. ... I think he will do well over there. It is the perfect fit for him.”
The loan became official once Dawkins, a product of the Spurs academy who had been out of contract for months, signed a new deal with the club Monday. He joined the club in 2004 and went on loan to Leyton Orient during the 2008-09 season, after which Spurs released him before he’d played for the first team. He rejoined the team last fall after trials with other clubs, including Glasgow Celtic, during the summer.
“He’s very good on the ball, and good at keeping the ball, good at passing, good range,” Quakes general manager John Doyle said in the team release. “He had a lot of qualities. I don’t think a team like Tottenham keeps a kid around that long if he doesn’t have those qualities. Sometimes it just doesn’t quite work, and their goal for him is to come over here, get a lot of playing time and really take off. And that’s the same for us.”