Bloor: it’s good to have local players but impressive signings don’t win points in June

Lewes FC new management team
Lewes FC new management team

Danny Bloor said Lewes will benefit from having more of a local blend to its playing squad – but warned that “impressive signings don’t win points in June”.

Rooks assistant manager Bloor and first team boss Garry Wilson secured the signings of Joe Shelley, from East Preston, and Dan Smith, from Eastbourne Town, on Wednesday night.

They were the latest Sussex-based players to sign for the Dripping Pan outfit this week after Ben Austin, Fraser Logan and Sam Gore all joined the Rooks cause on Monday night.

Of those five players, only Gore signed from a club outside of Sussex – joining as he did from Ramsgate. Austin signed from Eastbourne Town and Logan arrived from Crawley Down Gatwick.

Shelley is said to live in Lancing while Smith is even closer to Lewes, living as he does in Saltdean. Meanwhile, Austin and both Nathan Crabb and Steve Brinkhurst – the two players from last season’s squad to confirm their commitment to Lewes next term – are also locally-based.

“It’s good to have Sussex-based players,” Bloor (pictured above) said. “We’re happy with the way things are going.

“But people have been coming up to me saying the names we have signed are impressive. That may be so but it’s all very well going well in June. There are no Ryman League points in June. It’s how well we are going in August onwards that matters.”