Keehan hails footballing brains of new signings

KEVIN Keehan today hailed the "intelligence" of his two new signings Anthony Barness and Scott Taylor and said their footballing pedigree would aid his Lewes team's passing game in the Blue Square Premier next season.

Former Millwall, Bolton, Tranmere, Blackpool, Plymouth and MK Dons striker Taylor was just putting put pen to paper for the Rooks when the Sussex Express rang Keehan earlier this evening.

Keehan enthused of his new signing, "He's got the quality and intelligence to not only score goals but bring other people into play.

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He's got a good footballing brain and he keeps himself fit. He's been very impressive in training and we were also very impressed with what we have seen of him in the past."

The experienced frontman, 32, made almost 400 League appearances in his Football League career before joining Grays Athletic last season.

Keehan said, "His experience will help the younger players."

And of former Charlton, Chelsea and Bolton defender Barness, who, despite being a free agent at the end of last season, decided to rejoin the Rooks on a one-year contract at the end of last week, he said, "What I like about Anthony is he's an intelligent footballer.

"He's got two good feet and he keeps the ball '“ as does Scott. With the kind of football we'll be playing next season it's imperitive that we have players who are able to do that."