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Saturday, July 19, 2014
New Lowestoft Town signing Jefferson Louis insists Blues fans have seen only a glimpse of what he can offer this season.
The 35-year-old impressed in his first outing for the Trawlerboys during their 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Needham Market.
Whilst he didn’t score, he showed the kind of ability as a target man that Lowestoft have lacked since Jack Defty broke his leg against Bury towards the end of the 2012/13 season.
However, Louis, who signed a two-year contract this summer after leaving Margate, believes there is more to come from him once he gets to know his team-mates.
“I really enjoyed it but the lads are still getting to know me,” he said.
“It was the first time they had met me so as the other players get to know my game and vice versa I think it will get even better. It’s just a case of talking and communicating on the pitch – if you talk the players understand you.”
Lowestoft are Louis’ 30th club and, after Jake Reed’s departure to Sudbury earlier this summer, the Blues will be relying on him heavily for goals this season.
Louis is confident he won’t let the Blues down in front of goal and believes his experience of Step Two football could prove invaluable.
“It’s a progressive move for me,” he added.
“I have played in the Conference North before and hopefully my experience can help the team in the season. I’m a big believer in my ability but at this stage you’ve just got to take one game at a time.”
Louis will get the chance of more minutes under his belt when Lowestoft host Wroxham at Crown Meadow this afternoon.
“In the second half it was very tiring on the legs but you just have to knuckle down and get on with it. The more minutes you can get at this stage of the season, the better, ” the veteran frontman added.
Director of football Craig Fleming believes Louis may finally fill the target man void left by Defty’s continued absence.
“I thought Jeff was tremendous in his all-round play,” he said. “He is such a good target-man, so strong. He will be a good influence as well – I could see him chatting to a few of the younger lads and he will help bring them along. He’s just what we needed.
“He is a very similar player to Jack – he’s probably more vocal. It’s been no secret we’ve missed Jack since he got the injury. We’ve never really replaced him. Jeff brings that experience with him and I think a few of the younger lads will look up to him.”
While Louis’ performance was one of the positives on a baking hot afternoon in Suffolk, injuries to two key players took a little shine off a very good pre-season performance against Needham.
Ashlee Jones had to be withdrawn in the 25th minute with a shoulder problem after denying Ryan Crisp when the visiting striker was through on goal. Just 10 minutes later Chris Henderson had to be replaced.
Fleming wasn’t too concerned about either with just under a month to go before the start of the new season.
“Hendo felt something in his thigh so we will have to have a look at that,” he said. “He has just tweaked it a little bit so it shouldn’t be anything too serious.”
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