Oldham Athletic announced that they have agreed a deal with Jose Baxter for him to return to the football club, but was this a shrewd piece of business from Latics?
It’s no secret that Jose Baxter holds a place in every Latics fan’s heart, following his impressive first spell at Boundary Park with the popular chant “Jose Baxter Baby” being created for the playmaker. Jose Baxter first joined the club in September 2012 originally on a four-month contract.
The 26-year-old put in some excellent performances and scored 10 goals before being rewarded with a new contract in January 2013. He netted 15 times for Latics in 45 appearances during the 2012/13 season and was part of the side which beat Premier League side Liverpool in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
His impressive spell at Latics led to interest from other clubs and Sheffield United secured his services for an undisclosed fee in August 2013. He went on to score 28 goals in 121 appearances for the Blades before his release in 2016.
But his career hit a decline after he was banned for 12 months after failing a drug test for a second time. His career was revived by the club where he began his career.
Everton offered a 12-month contract when his drugs ban ended to help him regain his fitness and give him a lifeline in football.
With his contract up at Everton, Latics pounced on the attacker and he will sign a one-year contract with an option of a further year. This is a massive coup for Oldham Athletic, especially following the clubs relegation to League Two.
If Baxter works hard and Oldham use him correctly, he could be the best and most effective player in League Two. The technically gifted midfielder, will thrive playing just behind the striker where he can dictate the game and pull the strings.
The 26-year-old has the killer ball to unlock any defence in League Two, so if Latics can regain his confidence and fitness he will be an outstanding piece of business from the club.