Lewes new boys can help club realise ambitions says chairman Fuller

Chairman Stuart Fuller hopes Lewes’ new signings can propel the Rooks into the upper echelons of the Isthmian Premier next season.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 4:06 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 4:16 pm

Lewes have snapped up prolific striker Joe Taylor, midfielders Freddie Parker and Bradley Pritchard, and have welcomed back keeper and 2018-19 Rooks Player of the Year Lewis Carey.

All four have joined from manager Tony Russell’s former club Cray Wanderers

Fuller also revealed the club had verbal agreements in place with at least ten more players.

Speaking before the signing of Pritchard, Fuller said: “We want to be pushing towards the top end of the table, and it’s important that we’ve got somebody who can score goals and can stop goals.

“Bringing in the league’s leading scorer over the last two years, Joe Taylor, was important. He works very well with Freddie, so we brought him in as well.

“We know the quality of Lewis Carey. He’s possibly got the best distribution for a goalkeeper that I’ve seen in my 15 years of watching non-league.

"These three bring us the structure that we needed.

Lewis Carey (centre) is one of four new players to have joined Lewes in the off-season. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

“We’ve got verbal agreements in place with about ten other players, and we’ll start announcing those over the next few weeks.”

The Rooks have also confirmed TWELVE pre-season games, starting with a trip to Peacehaven & Telscombe on Saturday, June 26 before concluding at home to Dartford on Saturday, August 7.

Lewes will travel to Lancing on Saturday, July 3, Fisher on Tuesday 6, AFC Uckfield Town on Saturday 10, Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday 13, VCD Athletic on Saturday 17, Sevenoaks Town on Wednesday 21, Whitehawk on Saturday 24, Billericay Town on Tuesday 27, Eastbourne Borough on Saturday 31, and Aveley on Tuesday, August 3.

All Saturday games kick-off at 3pm, while mid-week fixtures start at 7.45pm bar the trip to Sevenoaks (7.30pm).

Fulled added: “We’ve tried to get local games on a Saturday, so we’re playing Lancing, Uckfield, Whitehawk and Eastbourne then.

“We can’t use our pitch until the first week of August because we’re doing major pitch work this year. That’s why there’s only one home friendly.”