After a long-running “will-he-won’t-he” situation, Paul Hakim finally became a Boro’ player on the last day of the January 2007 transfer window. And it cost us a bit too; the forward’s services commanding a four-figure sum paid to St Albans City. Mark Stimson, our boss at the time, got in ahead of two other clubs to nab his signature. And the lad would’ve been keen to rekindle his successful strike partnership with Steve Morison from their days over at Bishop’s Stortford.
But, it wasn’t to be. The move didn’t quite work out as first hoped and Hakim’s chances to shine were few and far between. Out on loan he went to Woking in 2007, before a chance came about to move back to Clarence Park; one the striker took to end his time with us.