He’ll have JET on the back of his jersey – and Livingston assistant manager and head of football operations David Martindale reckons former Arsenal and Bristol City striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could take-off in West Lothian.

The Lions have bolstered their attacking department with the signing of the 29-year-old striker. He joins on a one-year deal following a spell in Thailand.

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Thomas has arrived in West Lothian. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Arsenal is where Emmanuel-Thomas began his career. He was a promising prospect at the Emirates, shining in their youth sides but only managed to make six appearances for the senior side.

He would go on to make a good career for himself in the EFL after leaving Arsenal, enjoying prominent spells with Bristol City and Ipswich Town in particular. He has also represented the likes of Gillingham and QPR most recently before his move to Thailand.

Now he’s set to embark on an adventure in the Scottish Premiership. Martindale says that he believes it’s a ‘coup’ for Livingston to secure his signature as they look to fill the striker void left by Lyndon Dykes following his West Lothian exit.

“He fits the profile we were looking for perfectly since Lyndon departed,” said Martindale. “His link up play is fantastic and it will give us that much needed focal point up top that we have been missing since Lyndon moved on.

“I certainly believe it’s a bit of a coup to get a player that has played the amount of games Jay has played at a very good level – with over 150 games in the English Championship alone. He’s still only 29 and has a good number of years left playing top level football.

“He has some fantastic attributes and will complement the other strikers at the club while giving us a lot of flexibility when it comes to formations given he can play up top himself or in a 2.

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Ex-Arsenal man Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is a Lion. (OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP via Getty Images)

“He has come in and shown a great attitude and integrated into the group very well. He has shown a tremendous desire to get back playing at the top level and we are very excited at what Jay can bring to the table.”

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