Lewes have completed the paperwork for the two defenders brought in to ease the Rooks’ centre half crisis.
We reported in today’s Sussex Express that the club had agreed deals to bring Wealdstone’s Tommy Brewer and former Newcastle United youngster Andy Mogwo to the Dripping Pan, subject to the paperwork going through.
That was completed after our deadline yesterday, when the Rooks confirmed via their website: “The paperwork was completed today with two new signings joining the club. Tommy Brewer and Andy Mogwo both signed registration forms and go straight into the squad for Saturday’s visit of Met Police.
“Brewer, 20, joins from fellow Ryman club Wealdstone and can play in a variety of positions across the defence and midfield, while Mogwo is a 19-year-old centre back who was rated a future star while in Newcastle United’s youth and reserve teams two seasons ago.”
The Rooks also said they were looking to bring in further recruits to bolster a squad hit by injuries or suspension to its three front line centre halves Steve Robinson, Chris Breach and Callum Donaghey. Those recruits were either to be in on work experience or loan players from Football League clubs, the Sussex Express understood.
As it turned out the Rooks – in a sense – went for both, with two highly-rated youngsters joining on work experience from League Two outfit Gillingham.
Today, the Rooks confirmed on their website: “Lewes boss Simon Wormull has signed two Gillingham players on work experience to further bolster his squad.
“Centre back Josh Hare and midfielder Jake Hessenthaler will join up with the squad for Saturday’s game against Met Police at the Dripping Pan and give Wormull further options in the last quarter of the season.
“Both players are members of the Gills Development Squad and have been regulars for the side this season.”
Jake Hessenthaler is the son of former Gills boss Andy who is now Director of Football at Priestfield.
Clink on the following link to the Lewes FC website to see more on the two work experience players from Gillingham, including glowing comments from Gills First Team manager Martin Allen on the two young stars: http://bit.ly/XaYFEw
Both Steve Robinson and Callum Donaghey have long-term knee injuries while Chris Breach is looking at a five-game lay-off through suspension.
However, due to a quirk in the rules, the former Bognor Regis Town man is banned for tomorrow’s game at home to the Met Police before being available for Monday night’s game at Wealdstone. He then faces a second, four-match ban for his sending off at Wingate and Finchley.
As revealed in today’s Sussex Express, Donaghey today went to see a knee specialist, following the nasty dislocation he suffered against Concord on Saturday. He later tweeted (@CallumDonaghey): “I can confirm that my season is definitely over. Resting is vital in order to be back fitter and stronger for next season.
“Apart from missing the remainder of the season there is NO more negative news as of yet! I need a scan once the swelling has gone down.
“(I am) absolutely gutted as I was enjoying my football at a fantastic club. Until I’m back I will be on the sidelines rooting (for) my team mates #COYR”