Name: Omari Patrick
Date of Birth: 25 May 1996
Place of Birth: Slough
Omari signed a loan agreement with Yeovil Town on August 28th 2018, arriving from Bradford City as the club's 11th signing of the summer.
Born in Slough on May 25th 1996, he was part of the Bisham Abbey based FAB Academy, before signing up with local side Beaconsfield SYCOB, scoring 14 goals in 49 appearances. That was enough to catch the eye of Kidderminster Harriers who he spent the 2015-16 season with, playing 18 times.
During the summer of 2016, he signed for Barnsley, with him being earmarked for their Under-23 side initially. A year later, he signed for Bradford City, initially being given a one year contract in May 2017, bit with the Bantams giving him a three year deal later that year that ties him to Valley Parade until 2020. There he made a first team breakthrough, scoring three times in 24 appearances, albeit with only eight of those coming as League One starts.
When Yeovil Town drew Bradford City in the FA Cup in January 2018, Patrick was missing from their squad due to a knee injury. That was to keep him out of their side for three months around that period of the season, and as a result he had only made five appearances for the Bantams during 2018, and at the time of his arrival at Huish Park had not managed to break into their first team during the 2018-19 season.
He has a reputation for being blessed with extreme pace, and he has good reason for that - his father is a Commonwealth Gold medal winner in athletics, whilst his Godfather is Linford Christie, who won Gold medals at the Olympics, World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games. As such when Bradford signed him up in May 2017, Head Of Recruitment Greg Abbott admitted that Patrick's athleticism was ahead of his football coaching, and said that their aim would be to improve his development in that area. Speaking just over a year ago, he explained:
"His pedigree as an athlete is fantastic. Not only is Linford Christie his godfather but Omari's dad won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Yet he's had no professional coaching. We took him into training and the lads were remarking how well he'd done. That was the first time he'd ever trained with somebody's first team and he's 20. He's missed probably three or four years, so in terms of his development he's probably only about 17. I've watched Omari two or three times and he's everything we haven't got. He's lightning quick, runs in behind and is good with both feet. For what he'll cost us, it's worth us developing him for a year to see if he can get to the level we want. If he doesn't, then we've given it our best shot."
Upon his arrival in Somerset, Bradford confirmed that he would be eligible to play in the FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy. Manager Darren Way said of Patrick's signing:
"Omari is a special talent, so I'm hoping he can bring that to Yeovil. He will have to carry all of our values and principles but if he does, I'm sure he'll be a success and go on to bigger and better things. I look forward to working with Omari and welcome him to the club."
Patrick has agreed a loan deal with Yeovil Town that will run until January 2019.
Total Appearances: 13
Total Goals: 1
Debut Appearance: 1 September 2018
Debut Goal: 1 September 2018