Luke extends his stay at the Dripping Pan

Luke Blewden in action against Bury Town. Pictures by Angela Brinkhurst
Luke Blewden in action against Bury Town. Pictures by Angela Brinkhurst

The Lewes management duo of Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor have signalled their intent by securing popular striker Luke Blewden on a one-year contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

Luke initially signed for the Rooks in December 2013 on a dual registration basis from Tonbridge Angels and it didn’t take long for the goals to flow with a fabulous strike away at Leiston in only his second game for the club. From mid-January the hard working front man was the only ever present in the side with 23 consecutive starts and Blewden found his goalscoring boots to finish the season with 12 goals from 24 starts including a hat trick on the final day of the season. Previous to signing for Tonbridge in the summer of 2013, Blewden enjoyed a goal-laden spell at Crawley Down Gatwick, hitting the back of the net over 50 times in two seasons in the Ryman South.

Wilson was quick in his praise of the Rooks number 9 “We tried very hard to sign Luke last summer but we didn’t blame the lad for wanting to move up to the Conference South and play for his home town club but when we did eventually get hold of him we gave him a run in the side and he’s been fantastic. There’s always a lot of interest in Luke from other clubs so we moved quickly to tie him down for next season and hopefully beyond.”

Luke spoke exclusively with about his blossoming relationship with the football club and his hopes for the season ahead.

“Garry and Danny did a pretty good job of trying to convince me to sign a year ago and if it hadn’t have been for my home town club that I’d played for since a kid (Tonbridge Angels) also being in for me at the time I’d have probably signed back then. It was tough at Tonbridge last season though because we weren’t winning many games and the strikers, myself included, weren’t scoring many goals so we were all a bit in and out of the side. Tommy (Warrilow) was the one who recommended I get some games under my belt and luckily Garry and Danny were still interested in signing me so from my perspective it worked out well in the end.”