Abraham Odoh given the freedom of Harrogate Town and backed to flourish after late winner against Salford City
A summer signing from Rochdale, Odoh showed glimpses of his undoubted quality on the ball during his previous 11 appearances for Town, but has struggled in terms of his end product.
He also endured a difficult time last season, managing just one goal and three assists during 51 appearances as ‘Dale were relegated to the National League.
But his winning effort against the Ammies showcased both his quality and poise in the opposition box, with Weaver predicting that such a significant moment will prove the catalyst for the former Charlton Athletic man to kick on and start delivering more consistently.
"It's brilliant for him and it's well deserved,” the Harrogate chief said of Odoh’s 80th-minute strike.
“There's a player there, without a doubt, I just keep saying to him go out and enjoy your football with us.
"I think he has been outstanding for us since he joined the club. That icing on the cake, to take him to the next level, is the finishing and the end product.
"But it will happen with a bit more confidence and hopefully that goal will give him what's needed.
“He was superb on Saturday and I think that goal has been coming. I think he is a player who, with a little bit of confidence, can reach for the stars.”
Speaking to the Harrogate Advertiser earlier this season, Odoh said that he expected that he would flourish at Harrogate having been given license to go out and express himself by boss Weaver.
"The gaffer has told me that when I’m in the final third, there is no pressure, just take defenders on,” he revealed.
"He said don’t really come back as much, go and do my thing because I’m an attacker, that’s what I’m in the team for, to provide and make things happen.
"Whenever a manager says that to you, it just gives you confidence because you are free to do whatever you want, but obviously in the right areas.
"And I think that from there, everything will come.”