Lewes announce first signing of Tony Russell era

Lewes have confirmed the first new signing under new manager Tony Russell's regime.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 12:30 pm
Lewes have announced the signing of prolific striker Joe Taylor. Picture courtesy of Lewes Football Club

The Rooks have snapped up Cray Wanderers forward Joe Taylor on a one-year deal.

New Lewes manager Russell has managed Taylor over the past three seasons while in charge of the Wands

Taylor was the Isthmian Premier Division's top scorer in 2019-20, netting 26 goals before the campaign was abandoned.

The prolific forward was also joint-top goalscorer in last season's curtailed Isthmian Premier season with seven goals.

Speaking to lewesfc.com, Taylor said: "I'm really happy to sign for Lewes and the challenge is one that excites me.

"The ambition of the club is impressive and I can't wait to get back to doing what I do best.

"I'm sensing special times for the club and fans ahead."

Russell added: "I'm over the moon to get JT over the line, he is a proven goal scorer and an all round top player.

"We have a great relationship so I was so keen to work with him again.

"JT is a brilliant man on and off the pitch and someone I know the Lewes fans will really love having him at The Dripping Pan"

Lewes FC Chair Stuart Fuller said: "I've watched Cray Wanderers a lot over the last few seasons and there is no doubt Joe is a fantastic player.

"Tony and I had to be quick in securing Joe as there was unsurprisingly a lot of interest from clubs at Steps 2 and 3."

And fellow Rooks director John Peel added: "Joe is somebody we’ve tracked for a long time so when the opportunity arose to obtain his signature, we pulled out all the stops.

Joe is a versatile number nine whose goalscoring record speaks for itself and somebody who I’m sure will be adored by our supporters”