Baxter ready for a second chance at Oldham

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018 11comments  |  Jump to most recent
Jose Baxter has rejoined Oldham Athletic following his spell back at Finch Farm with Everton U23s.

The 26-year-old was brought back to Everton last year, initially to work with Everton In The Community but then to try and relaunch his stalled career by playing in the Blues' reserve setup.

At one stage regarded as the next big thing off the Blues' production line, Baxter's career failed to ignite at Goodison Park in the way he would have hoped and he was released by the club in 2012.

He signed for Oldham Athletic before spending three years with Sheffield United but problems with drugs eventually led to him being banned from football for a year in 2016.

Seemingly having seized the chance to take stock with Everton's support, Baxter is now bidding to rebuild his career with Oldham. He signs a one-year deal with the Latics, with the option to extend it by another season if all goes well for him at Boundary Park.  

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Brian Williams
1 Posted 30/05/2018 at 17:31:50
Last-chance saloon, Jose — don't fuck it up.
Peter Anthony
2 Posted 30/05/2018 at 17:41:11
If you read this, Jose, I will not say "Good luck" because you do not need good luck. You are blessed with great talent; I hope you can let your talent flourish on the football field and, 10 years from now, can look back with pride rather than regret.
Bill Griffiths
3 Posted 30/05/2018 at 17:48:06
Good luck to the lad. Well done, EFC, in helping him on his road to rehabilitation.
Dick Fearon
4 Posted 30/05/2018 at 22:14:09
Baxter must realise he will be under close scrutiny and the slightest relapse into his old ways will see him turfed out again.

The road he is on is not easy. I wish him well on his journey.

Peter Gorman
5 Posted 30/05/2018 at 23:05:05
As they say here in Germany; "Geh mit Gott aber geh" (Go with God but go).

Best of luck to Jose for the future.

Drew O'Neall
6 Posted 31/05/2018 at 00:05:59
Proud of Jose and Everton.
Ian Burns
7 Posted 31/05/2018 at 12:09:40
Everybody deserves a second chance and I hope Jose grabs this opportunity with both hands. As Drew(#6) says, EFC and Jose deserve a pat on the back.
Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 31/05/2018 at 21:20:28
Amen, Drew and Ian.
Victor Yu
9 Posted 01/06/2018 at 03:49:02
We spent the whole year getting him fit knowing that he was going to leave.

Why didn't we spend the time and resource to give other youngsters the opportunity to grow instead?

Martin Reppion
10 Posted 01/06/2018 at 11:54:23
Jose always reminded me of Gary Speed and I hope he can now go on to be even half the player the Welshman was.

I'm old enough to remember watching a young Billy Kenny who's potential was huge but unfulfilled. I would hope that Jose, unlike Billy, is able to use his second chance to make it.

As for Victor's comment (#9), Jose was one of ours. We look after ex blues as well as those who can do something for us in the future.

Mick Howard
11 Posted 01/06/2018 at 21:29:18
Good luck, Jose, and well done, Everton. We all make mistakes and we all need to keep learning. COYB.

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