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Clyde Wijnhard At BP On Trial

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 27/07/2003

CLYDE Wijnhard has joined Grimsby Town on trial and will be training with the squad. Wijnhard is another striker Paul Groves is looking at as the season beckons and the Mariners so far are without one.

There are those who suggest that those we have will be good enough, therefore there is no need to panic into signing anyone in a hurry but Paul Groves appears not to be convinced by that argument and we may see other prospective signings over the next few days.

Name Clyde Wijnhard
Position Centre forward
Born 01 Nov 1973, Paramaribo (Suriname)
Height 5'.11"
Weight 12st 4lb
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Ajax 01 Aug 1992 01 Aug 1995 4 2 Free
Groningen 01 Aug 1993 01 Aug 1995 23 3 on loan
RKC Waalwijk 01 Aug 1995 01 Aug 1997 50 18 Free
Willem II 01 Aug 1997 22 Jul 1998 29 14 £1500000
Leeds United 22 Jul 1998 22 Jul 1999 25 4 £750000
Huddersfield Town 22 Jul 1999 22 Mar 2002 72 18 Free
Preston North End 22 Mar 2002 01 Jun 2002 6 3 Free
Oldham Athletic 20 Aug 2002 July 2003 0 0 Free

Comments about the former Ajax striker include:

"Good strikers keep getting in the right areas, and Clyde's hold-up and link play has been magnificent"

"Tries hard and does his best, but fluffed several easy chances when he was at Leeds and didn't really seem to have the striker's instinct."

"He moved on to Huddersfield in summer 1999 where he had been an outstanding success in the slightly less demanding environment of Division 1. A broken arm and other serious injuries sustained in a car accident in 2000 kept him out for most of the rest of that season and although he came back into the Huddersfield side he was sold to help set the club's finances on an even keel in the run-up to deadline day in 2002."

"He scored three good goals in his short stint at Preston but having failed to agree terms with the club went round several other clubs on trial - Barnsley, Galatasaray and Oldham where he is currently playing on a non-contract basis."

"Best player ever to grace the second division!! The best thing that happened to Oldham"

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