Boss backs Jameson to adjust to semi-pro life

Arron Jameson.
Arron Jameson.

Martin McIntosh believes Arron Jameson will be a big addition to the Buxton squad this season - once he has fully adjusted to the life of a semi-professional footballer.

The Bucks chief brought in the goalkeeper over the summer, beating off competition from a number of clubs higher up the footballing food chain in the process.

However, after a shaky start Jameson is finally coming good, as shown by back-to-back clean sheets in the league and a penalty save against Ramsbottom in the FA Cup.

McIntosh says 24-year-old Jameson, who came through the youth ranks at Sheffield Wednesday, is going through the tricky transition from full-time to semi-pro.

He said: “Arron has slowly settled in.

“He’s been a full-time footballer for the last few years so turning semi-pro is new to him.

“It certainly takes time to adjust but I’m confident in him and his ability.

“Full-time professionals live a totally different lifestyle to semi-pro players.

“When you’re a professional you get your kit laid out for you - you’re quite pampered.

“Suddenly then, when you go into this level, you’re having to balance work in the week, along with training and matches.”

McIntosh also believes the hectic schedule that players in non-league face is something that Jameson has had to deal with.

He added: “It’s difficult for players especially when there’s long away trips at night for example.

“They can be working all week and then have a match on a Tuesday night, so it does take a while to adjust to that.

“I hope Arron adjusts well to it because he’s a talented boy.”

Jameson made just two senior appearances for the Owls, both coming in League One during the 2010-11 campaign.