With 2016 coming to an end, we look at five players who are worth keeping an eye on in 2017.
The journeyman striker currently plays for National League South side St Albans City and is rapidly approaching his 800th senior league appearance, nearly 900 in all competitions. He has seen action with a plethora of clubs, including competing in Premier League and Championship sides. Despite being 41, he continues to score goals, amassing ten so far in this campaign.
Tom currently plays for East Thurrock United, newly promoted to National League South. Having recently scored an impressive hat trick against Truro City, the midfielder is not shy in front of goal. He has already scored 12 goals from his wing position in the new division, having struck 22 times the previous year. His goal scoring exploits have not gone without recognition – he has previously had trials with professional outfits Gillingham and Ipswich Town, as well as being voted in the Ryman Premier Team of the year (2015-16 season).
Another success story from Non-League, Lowe has recently signed professional terms with Portsmouth FC. Having started off with Barnet, he had several loan spells with Non-League sides before settling at Hampton and Richmond Borough. He clinched the Ryman Premier Division title with The Beavers, scoring 14 times from 26 appearances. This year, playing in a higher division, he has struck 15 times, from only 22 appearances. He joins Pompey in the January transfer window and it will be interesting to see how he gets on playing League football.
A young goalkeeper who is contracted to Chelsea but on loan at Met Police FC. Although The Met have struggled somewhat this season, it’s more down to the players around him than Baxter’s individual performances. Baxter also boasts a winning mentality, having won both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup.
It goes without saying that the league’s top scorer is on the list. Miller has smashed in 22 goals already this season and from only 20 outings. Despite being shrouded in controversy, having seen a lucrative contract with League Two side Luton Town torn up due to allegations of racial abuse and assault (He was later found not guilty at court), Miller has moved to rebuild his career and is reportedly being followed by a host of professional teams. Dover are within touching distance of a playoff spot and with Miller scoring like he is, promotion to League Two could well be a distinct possibility.