Lowestoft Town lose top scorer Reed to Leiston, chairman quits

Jake Reed puts in a challenge in the recent game against Tooting & Mitcham. Picture: Shirley D Whitl

Jake Reed puts in a challenge in the recent game against Tooting & Mitcham. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town have lost the services of top scorer Jake Reed - less than 24 hours after their financial plight was made public.

And his exit was quickly followed by the news that chairman Alan Green had decided to all it a day, citing health issues.

Reed has signed a two-year deal with promotion-chasing neighbours Leiston, who also play in the Premier Division of the Bostik League.

The prolific marksman has scored 14 goals for a struggling team this season - nine more than nearest challenger Shaun Bammant - so his exit is a big blow for manager Dale Brooks as he battles to keep the cash-strapped Blues in the top flight.

But with the club struggling to make ends meet it was no big surprise to see one of their prized assets move on, and supporters will now be wondering how many more established stars will start looking for a new club.

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'It's a terrific signing,' manager Glenn Driver told the Leiston's official website. 'Jake is a very good striker and a proven goal scorer. He has everything you could wish for in a striker, the full package. At 26 he is coming into his best years and I'm looking forward to working with Jake. I have no doubt he will be a fans' favourite.'

Leiston were unsuccessful with an approach for Reed while he was playing for Great Yarmouth Town back in 2011, just before he signed for Dagenham & Redbridge. After two and a half years at Dagenham he returned to Lowestoft and had a brief spell at AFC Sudbury before returning to his home town club.

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'I really enjoyed it at Lowestoft and had some good times but it's time to move on and time for a new chapter,' said Reed. 'It's a good move for me to a club looking to get in the play-offs. I'm really excited to get going at Leiston and hopefully bring some good times to the club.'

Meanwhile Green explained his decision to resign on Lowestoft's official website.

'It is with great sadness that I am stepping down as chairman with immediate affect,' he said.

'I was honoured when I was nominated for the post and truly felt that I could assist in taking the club forward. However, circumstances have proven very difficult and this has had a huge detrimental effect on my health and well-being and in hindsight to take on such a monumental task at my time of life was perhaps not one of my better decisions.

'I know I had and still have the support of the board and many of the fans but I have come to this decision for two reasons. Firstly, I haven't got the energy due to my health to continue to push forward in this important role and secondly, this would make way for perhaps a more dynamic person who could invest in the club and carry it to where it deserves to be.'

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