Paris Cowan-Hall is a great signing for Plymouth Argyle
PLYMOUTH Argyle's new striker Paris Cowan-Hall will be able to cope with the rough and tumble of League Two football, according to the first team coach at Surrey part-timers Woking.
Cowan-Hall, 21 (right), has been snapped up by the Pilgrims for an undisclosed fee from Woking, who were Conference South champions last season.
Steve Thompson, the Plymouth-born No 2 to Woking boss Garry Hill, believes that what 5ft 8in Cowan-Hall lacks in stature he more than makes up for in bravery and workrate.
Thompson, a former manager of Yeovil Town, has tipped Cowan-Hall to be a 'great signing' for the Pilgrims.
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The speedy striker grabbed 17 goals in 34 starts and eight substitute appearances for Woking last term.
That led to Argyle manager Carl Fletcher making Cowan-Hall his first new signing of the close season.
Thompson told Herald Sport: "I think Paris is a very good prospect. He has got pace, he can get in behind defences and he's also very brave.
"He's only 5ft 8in but he puts his head in where it hurts.
"He's good in the air for someone of his height and I think he will do well for Plymouth.
"It's a great signing for them, but not so good for us."
Thompson continued: "Paris doesn't pull out of things and even though he's not the biggest I don't think the physicality of League Two will be a problem for him."
Cowan-Hall did play out wide for Woking on a couple of occasions last season, but Thompson believes he is best suited to playing as a central striker.
"He has got good pace – not blistering but he's quick enough," said the former Saltash United midfielder.
"He's not just an in-behind player, though. He can also lead the line. He does have a good leap on him and gets up well.
"He works very hard as well so I think the Argyle fans will take to him. I know the fans at Woking certainly did.
"I know he's jumping up two levels to League Two, but having seen him for all of last season I feel he can do really well for Plymouth.
"We are sad to see Paris go but wish him all the best. I'm sure he will do a good job there."
Cowan-Hall was signed by Woking last August after being released by Scunthorpe United following their relegation from the Championship.
He finished the season as the Cards' second top scorer despite being forced to sit out several matches.
Thompson said: "He missed two four-week spells with hamstring injuries, otherwise I think he would have got more goals.
"What all fans want from their forwards is bravery, and players who work hard.
"Paris has got that, and more, about him. He has also got that pace to get in behind people and I see no reason why he shouldn't do well at Plymouth."
Thompson has always followed the fortunes of his hometown club, and was relieved to see Argyle escape relegation from the Football League last season.
Had they not done so, they and Woking would have been playing each other in the Conference next term.
Thompson said: "It was getting worrying at one stage, when they were still in the bottom two in February.
"It would have been terrible for the city had they gone down, so I was really pleased when they stayed up."
Thompson has been Woking's first team coach under Hill since January 2011 and the pair signed new extended contracts to stay at the Kingfield Stadium last month.
"Woking were a Conference team for a long time and are back where they belong," said Thompson, who won the FA Trophy with the Cards as a player in 1997.
"We are staying part-time. We have been for the last three years and that isn't changing.
"I think there are 15 or 16 full-time teams in the Conference so we know it's going to be tough but we will try to build on the momentum of last season."