Clapton assistant wants to help former Orient youngster
PUBLISHED: 15:30 31 March 2015
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Marc Nurse keen to get Jerome Martelli back into the professional game
Jerome Martelli returned to Clapton at the start of the year and assistant manager Marc Nurse is hoping to help the youngster go on to achieve big things in the game.
The 19-year-old joined Leyton Orient’s academy in November 2013 after impressing for the Tons in the Essex Senior League.
He enjoyed some degree of success and scored one of the quickest goals from kick-off in January 2014.
Martelli he found the net for O’s just seven seconds into the second half during an under-18s match against Dagenham & Redbridge.
However he was unable to earn a professional contract at Brisbane Road and Tons assistant boss is looking to get the talented attack back on track.
“Jerome is back permanently,” said Nurse. “He had a spell at Leyton Orient and did really well whenever I went and watched him.
“Ultimately I think his attitude let him down and that was the reason they didn’t offer him a contract.
“He went to Luton, so he has been there as well recently, but had the same problem with his attitude again.
“We are trying to advise him and nurture his talent because he is good enough to play a lot higher than this level of football.”
Martelli featured for Luton in a development match against Orient back in November, but again was unable to earn a contract with the Football League side.
He scored for Tons on his return on January 20 in a 4-3 success against Ilford, and Nurse has confirmed he is back for good.
Clapton are now trying to get the attacker back to his best as he seeks a rout into league football.
Nurse added: “He is 19-years-old, it was his birthday in January, so he is getting older now, but it is all there for him.
“He just needs to get out of the street mentality and try to turn into a professional footballer because he has the talent to do it.
“Jerome just needs to work on his attitude, but he knows this and we tell him all the time. Hopefully we can help him.”