Here at Londonist we’re a sucker for a damsel in distress, and so it is that we commend to you, dear reader, the plight of one Jennifer Nobis (that’s not her in the picture, incidentally - that’s somebody called Hess – you’ll see later what her portrait is doing here).
Jennifer is very good at football. So good, in fact, that she has attracted the attention of Charlton Athletic’s womens' team who are keen to add the prolific 22 year old goalscorer to their already highly successful squad. But there’s a problem. She’s American. Not that that’s a problem in itself, you understand, it’s just that the Home Office, happy for fellow US marksperson Brian McBride to earn an estimated £1m salary plying his trade in the Premiership for Fulham, doesn’t consider playing for Charlton Ladies to be in the same ball park as regards proper, full-time employment.
We suspect they’re also a bit particular about people acquiring a job appropriate to their demonstrable skills, which is why Charlton, taking a leaf out of rugby union’s book from its pre-professional days, are appealing to the public for someone to take her on for most of the week so that they can borrow her for the odd vital cup match and league championship decider. Women's football general manager Deb Browne leads the appeal on Charlton’s website:
We are hoping that somewhere out there will be a job that matches Jenny's skill sets in dentistry or administration.
Struggling vainly to restrain ourselves from suggesting that Jennifer, “offensive player of the year when representing the University of Missouri,” could combine her talents in a career in public transport customer services, we feature her plight in the hope that someone out there might be able to help her skilfully fill holes, both big and small, across the capital. If you think you have a post to offer get in touch with Deb Browne via the contact details provided on Charlton’s site (and if you're a Missouri alumnus who's seen her play, give us an idea how resourceful Charlton ought to be to get her into the team.)
Picture of Hess's fine sporting molars provided via Cattrin's Flickr stream.