The 'spotlight' feature continues with a profile on Joe Jacobson, by Dale Jenkins.
The fifth new signing of the close season saw Wanderers tie up the important capture of left-back Joe Jacobson on a two-year contract following his release from Shrewsbury Town.
Now at his sixth club, Jacobson has enjoyed previous spells at Cardiff City, Accrington Stanley, Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and the Shrews. He signed professional terms with his home town club Cardiff back in 2006 but made only two first-team appearances before moving to Lancashire to join Stanley on loan.
A six game loan spell followed where Jacobson, now 27, scored his first senior goal. The defender then moved back to Cardiff but was loaned out again, this time to Bristol Rovers, in February 2007. Jacobson made quite an impression, signing a permanent contract in the summer and going on to win the Supporters Club player of the year in 2007/08.
After two years at the Memorial Ground Jacobson left for pastures new, moving to Boundary Park to join Oldham Athletic on a two-year deal. After just sixteen League appearances he was transfer listed in July 2010 and soon found himself back out on loan with Accrington for the 2010/11 season.
Jacobson signed permanently for Stanley, going on to make 29 appearances and scoring two goals as the club exceeded expectations and competed in the League Two play-offs. His impressive form caught the attention of Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner who signed the full-back in the summer of 2011.
Signing a two-year deal in Shropshire, Jacobson scored his first goal in a remarkable 7-2 win away at Northampton and went on to make 119 appearances, scoring seven goals in a Blue and Amber shirt.
The experienced full back was named the Shrews’ Official Supporters Club player of the season for 2013/14 and also received awards for his outstanding work in the community.
The former Wales under-21 captain enjoyed an excellent season on a personal front despite his club’s relegation, making 43 appearances and scoring four goals. The left sided full back has captained the Welsh Under 21 team and also been named in the senior squad by John Toshack for a number of friendlies.
Gareth Ainsworth ended his extensive search for a left-back with the capture of Joe on 1st July.