Date: 10th August 2008 at 8:43pm
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While most of us had the bucket and spade out over the summer Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock was working hard and searching high and low for new players to bring to Home Park.

At the time of writing Sturrock managed to sign eight players to boost the Pilgrims’ squad, the new signings included Karl Duguid from Colchester United, flying winger Jason Puncheon from Barnet for £250,000, defender David McNamee from Coventry City, keeper Graham Stack, winger Yala Bolasie, record signing Simon Walton, Manchester United youngster Craig Cathcart and defender Chris Barker from QPR.

We take an in-depth look at the new players and their careers and the first player in the hot-seat is Sturrock’s first signing of the summer – Jason Puncheon.

Puncheon arrived at Home Park in June, signing a three-year contract with Argyle paying Barnet £250,000 for the 22-year old wideman. The former MK Dons trainee was one of the best young players in League Two during the 2007-2008 season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

During the January transfer window Barnet turned down a £250,000 offer for Puncheon from Leeds United as the Underhill side fought to keep their prize asset.

Puncheon was born in Croydon on June 26th 1986 and started life as a footballer with Wimbledon who later changed into MK Dons, the left or right winger was released by MK Dons in January 2006 and had brief spells with non-league sides Fisher Athletic and Lewes.
Puncheon signed for Barnet in July 2006 and put in some eye-catching performances, especially last season where he notched up 11 goals from 48 appearances. In total Puncheon scored 16 goals from 93 appearances for Barnet and built a reputation as a promising and exciting young player.

The wing-man was sad to leave Barnet but was looking forward to a new adventure with the Pilgrims’, he said: ‘I am, of course, happy to get a move to be able to show my abilities at a higher level.
‘But, at the same time, I am sorry to be leaving such a good band of supporters, and a chairman and a manager who gave me a chance.’

Puncheon made his Argyle debut in an explosive cameo performance as a late substitute against Wolves in the first game of the new season.

The signing of Puncheon took on even more significence with the departure of Peter Halmosi to Hull City, a lot of Argyle’s attacking play will now rest on the shoulders of the exciting winger.

We welcome Jason to Home Park and wish him good luck for the new season