At 25 years of age, Sutton United’s FA Cup journey could have rather substantial repercussions for one Roarie Deacon. In Monday night’s still surreal clash with Arsenal, the club where he started his career as a 16-year-old, the sprightly winger seized his opportunity with both hands in front of the watching nation.
The former England Under-19 international, who starred against Leeds United in the previous round, ran Arsenal ragged at times at Gander Green Lane, rattling the crossbar with the sweetest of second half strikes. This is perhaps the true magic of the FA Cup; giving a fresh start to a player forced to drop into non-league to keep his career alive.
And while two breakneck, one off performances are hardly enough to suggest that he could cut it at Championship level for an entire season, it seems Deacon did more than enough to convince Forest fans that he is worth a punt with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi may have left fans enraged at times for prioritising affordable alternatives and free agents over investment designed to improve the quality of the squad but, in Deacon’s case, this is one cheap deal they may be willing to accept.
This Deacon looks like a quality player. Would take him at NFFC any day— Bren (@Brenndaannn) February 20, 2017
Sign this Rory Deacon from Sutton United! Solid potential #NFFC— HarrehB (@Master_Bontoft1) January 29, 2017