Wright out, Rowe and Robinson in

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Lewes manager Tim O’Shea wasted no time in filling the gap left in the Rooks squad following the shock retirement of Jermaine Wright.

O’Shea has brought in two promising players on a month’s loan in Reading midfielder James Rowe and Eastbourne Town’s highly-rated Ashley Robinson.

Lewes midfielder Wright stunned O’Shea by announced his retirement from football and departure from the Dripping Pan on New Year’s Eve.

Wright, who with experience of playing with Wolves, Ipswich, Leeds, Southampton and Blackpool, had excited Lewes fans with his footballing cv on being on of O’Shea’s first signings upon the manager’s arrival in October.

But O’Shea admitted that Wright’s decision to retire “for football reasons” according to the club website, had “come out of the blue”.

Lewes were already struggling in midfield, with Jack Walder and Lewis Ide having suffered long-term injuries and Sam Butler and Simon Wormull also leaving the club before Christmas.

Robinson and Rowe both started in the 3-1 home defeat against Welling this afternoon, although both were substituted, in the first and second half respectively.