It’s one in, one out for Lowestoft Town

Lowestoft Town have been busy in the transfer market after snapping up Lubomir Guentchev on a free transfer before allowing Jamie Godbold to join Needham Market on loan for the rest of the season.

Guentchev – son of former Bulgarian international Bontcho – could make his debut against Tonbridge at Crown Meadow on Saturday.

'Lubo is a quality player,' said Blues joint manager Micky Chapman, who moved quickly after the winger was released by Hendon. 'He is very skillful and we think he will be a big asset to our squad. He knows a lot of the boys already from living in this area before and that will help him settle in. He played really well for Hendon against us and he has been on our radar for quite a while.'

Godbold, meanwhile, completed a loan move to Ryman League North high-flyers Needham Market in time to open his scoring account for them on his debut at Potters Bar on Tuesday night. Godbold has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season after helping Lowestoft to successive promotions.

Chapman highlighted the fact that this will only be a temporary move and believes the player has still got a big role to play in the club's future.

'Jamie is still a top player but it has been a frustrating time for him recently as he has not been getting a lot of first team action,' he said. 'We all had a sit down recently and decided that we needed to get him out on loan to get his match fitness back. When Jamie is match fit he is a player that can still have a big effect on this side.'

Godbold could be back at Crown Meadow before the end of the season because as part of the terms of the deal he would be recalled to Crown Meadow should the Blues make the Ryman League play-offs.

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'It won't be the last we see of Jamie in a Lowestoft shirt,' added Chapman, whose side got their promotion hopes back on track on Monday with a 3-0 win at Aveley. 'He's at Needham for a month and who knows he could be back with us before the end of the season. We wanted him to go out on loan to a good footballing side and Needham certainly fit that description. They're going to have a really good player on their hands. It's about getting Jamie games – that's the most important thing for him at the moment.'

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