Young striker who jumped ahead of a few of his senior colleagues to steal the limelight on his debut against Crewe Alexandra in the Worthington Cup in season 1999-2000.
Starring in schoolboy football in East London, John joined Spurs as a 12 year old and represented England Schoolboys, before becoming a trainee at Tottenham and having impressed at junior and youth level, as s professional in July 1998. Leapt into the first team picture, when Les Ferdinand and Chris Armstrong were injured, winning his first appearance in the first team.
The solidly built East Londoner had the ability to lead the line and to make chances for his team-mates, by going wide and taking people on. Some work was needed on his first touch and his pace, but he was strong, direct and knew where the goal was. Preferred to play wide on the left of midfield, but was deployed at full back in the reserves to good effect.
However, under George Graham, he dropped put of the first team picture, but was sticking to his task in the reserves and when Glenn Hoddle arrive, found himself getting games (mainly as a substitute) at the end of the 2000-2001 season. He has been used in a number of positions in the second team, with a wing back position seemingly one he is more at home in now. Was keen to sign a new contract, as he was not being pushed out of the first team squad. he was still a little raw and was unlikely to feature regularly in the first team, but was a good promising squad player and one who could have made the grade at Tottenham. However, he dropped out of the reckoning as new strikers were brought in and was awarded a free transfer when released by the club in the summer of 2002.
Went on to have a couple of years with Brighton and Hove Albion, dropping back into midfield, before having to retire at the age of 25, as he suffered with colitis and dropped into non-league with Eastbourne Town to continue his game for two more seasons. He was the first professional player ever to be on Eastbourne's books, but left in early December, only to return two weeks later as player-coach.