Jay Stansfield will wear the number 9 jersey last used by his father (image courtesy; ECFC/PPA)
Jay will wear his dad’s number 9 shirt
The son of an Exeter City striker who died 12 years ago is to play in the number 9 shirt which has been rested since his death.
Jay Stansfield has returned to Exeter on loan from Premier League side Fulham for the 2022/23 season.
The 19-year-old, who is the son of Greek legend Adam, started his career at City Academy before signing for the London club in August 2019. He is now returning to Devon on his first loan spell as the latest Matt Taylor’s rookie this summer. .
The St James Park club claim Jay played a pivotal role in the youth set up at Fulham, making his senior debut there in January 2020 in an FA Cup tie against Aston Villa.
The forward has also represented England at Under-18 and Under-20 level, making eight appearances.
Stansfield will wear the iconic number 9 shirt, previously worn by his father Adam.
“I spoke to Jay in June and it was on the cards for so long, we just had to be patient,” manager Matt Taylor said.
“He had a very good pre-season with Fulham and it was great for him to impact their Premier League campaign. I am absolutely delighted that we managed to make this happen.
“Jay will learn a lot about himself as well as ourselves over the next few weeks, but his game can certainly adapt. He scored so many goals in the academy and chased it down to the Under-21s, and showed signs in the first team too.
“He’s a signing for the fans who really must be excited.”
Adam Stansfield, who was 31, was a popular player whose name lives on in a charity named in his honor and the Adam Stansifeld Family Stand, sponsored by Stagecoach. The club decided to rest the number 9 shirt for nine years upon his death, but this tradition continued.
Now the next generation will wear this shirt with pride.
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