The Lewes squad re-shaping continued on Wednesday as Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor oversaw two new players and a Sports Therapist arrive although club captain, Steve Robinson, has now left the Dripping Pan.
JOE SHELLEY, the 31 year old skipper from East Preston has agreed to sign for the Rooks, as has the all action striker, DANIEL SMITH, who joins from Eastbourne Town.
Danny Bloor explained, “Joe is an exceptionally nice lad. We had really positive talks and he liked what we’re trying to do here and he felt, like us, that he had plenty to bring to Lewes Football Club. He has a good eye for goal as he scored 30 goals for his club last season from midfield. He was also the team captain and he’s the type of committed player Garry and I want here.”
Bloor continued, “Dan Smith played half a dozen games for me last season on returning from travelling around the world. He is raw but hugely explosive and exciting. He will definitely be a crowd favourite, for sure. He is looking forward to getting a full pre-season in with Dean Lightwood and he will benefit enormously for it. He’s going to be a great character to have with us this year.”
The Club are also happy to announce that NATALIE HARRIS joins us as Sports Therapist. Natalie has previous experience at the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy and Mile Oak and with a background in the medical profession she’s a welcome addition to the team.
Lewes boss, Garry Wilson, reported that last year’s skipper, STEVE ROBINSON, was looking at pastures new as neither party could agree terms for the big defender to stay at the Pan. Robinson played over 200 games for the Club and was always one of the most popular Lewes players over recent seasons.
Wilson added, “Sadly, these things happen in football. Steve lives a good distance away and now is probably a good time to part, for both parties. Everyone at the Club wishes him well.”
Robinson wished the Club every success and thanked the fans for their support during his stay at the Dripping Pan, “It’s an incredibly difficult decision to leave the Club but it’s a very amicable departure and having spoken with Garry I know the Club has a bright future. The Lewes supporters are the best I’ve played in front of in my whole career and I’ll miss them, and all the off-field backing I’ve had at the Club.”
Karl Beckford and Callum Dunne have also moved on, having signed for fellow Ryman Premier sides Dulwich Hamlet and Billericay Town respectively, and we thank them both for their efforts last season.
Squad plans were disrupted further when STEVE BRINKHURST confirmed he will need immediate cartilage surgery on his knee. This is likely to keep him out of action until the season is well underway.
Garry Wilson said, “This is a big blow for the young man. He has enjoyed his football here at the Pan and he has signed on again, so we want that to continue. He is a fit boy so we hope his recovery would be quick. It obviously opens a door for some of the younger players to stake a claim and show me and Dan that they are good enough to play for the front side and our fans.”
He added, “We hope to add to our signings over the next few days with some more new faces arriving. Danny, Dean and I are really pleased with how things are shaping up and we are enjoying the challenges we face. We won’t get all our targets and some of last season’s team may not be here this time around, through either their choice or ours, but we are all working really hard to get a solid foundation for us to grow from over the coming months.”
(Photo courtesy of East Preston FC)