Paul Digby Player Profile
Debut: No debut
One of a trio of new additions unveiled at the start of July 2019, midfielder Paul Digby made the move across to us from Forest Green Rovers. You could say it was a bit of a feather in boss Dino Maamria’s cap to land the player. Digby was one of the driving forces behind Rovers’ impressive 5th place end to the 2018-9 campaign; a finish that earned them a playoff place.
In fact, Digby made his debut for FGR against us in August 2018. Who’d know that, less than a year later, he’d be turning out for us. That’s football for you, at the end of the day. And we were more than pleased to get our man.
Digby started his career in South Yorkshire at Barnsley; part of the same youth set up as John Stones. Like his team-mate, the initial signs were the midfielder had a big future ahead. In September 2014, he was even drafted in to help the England senior team train. By that point, he was turning out for the U20s. So, a glimpse of the future perhaps?
Injury played its part during his time with Barnsley, though. Not that it stopped Championship side Ipswich Town moving for him. He joined the Tractor Boys on loan in January 2016, before making the move permanent that summer. In what seems to be a theme, his first start for Ipswich after his permanent switch was at home to us in a League Cup match.
First team opportunities at Ipswich weren’t exactly plentiful, mind. In May 2017, Digby was on the move again; this time, to Mansfield Town. He didn’t make his debut for the Stags against Boro’, but his first full game for the club was against Forest Green. Fancy that, eh? A year later, he’d be at the New Lawn in their colours and that’s more or less where we’re about to pick up the next chapter of his story. Should be a corker by all accounts…