Lowestoft defender leaves for rivals
- Credit: Andy Abbott
Lowestoft Town got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start with victory over Sudbury on Tuesday night – but there was news of another player departure earlier in the week.
Blake Saker has left to re-join former club Leiston after the Blues couldn't guarantee the defender first team football next season.
'He's just a lad that's desperate to play and we can't promise him that,' said director of football Craig Fleming, whose side cruised to victory at Sudbury courtesy of goals from Robert Eagle and Lee Smith.
'We've got (Dan) Gleeson and Curtley Williams that can both play at right back and Leiston came in for him. Everyone at the club wishes him the best of luck for the future.'
It remained all quiet in terms of new arrivals at the club with only Will Viner joining the Trawlerboys from Thurrock so far this summer.
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However, the club have managed to extend Gleeson's contract for another season to take him to the summer of 2015 with the former Luton defender likely to take on some coaching responsibility. 'Dan is a very good player and he's a really good lad, and a good influence to have around the place,' added Fleming.
'I'm also going to speak to him about taking on a bit of the coaching. He has played at a very decent level and it shows in how he goes about his business.
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'On and off the pitch he is someone that the other lads look up to and it's very good news for us that he's committed to our cause.'
Lowestoft confirmed the appointment of Colin Greengrass as new reserve team manager following Jamie Godbold's move to Kirkley & Pakefield.
Fleming hopes Greengrass' arrival will provide some stability to the role.
'There will be a couple of other people brought in to help in the near future but Colin was a logical appointment for us,' he said.
'He has been around the Lowestoft scene for a number of years and we wanted a bit of stability at reserve level.'
Greengrass' side will not be operating in the Thurlow Nunn Division though after clubs voted against letting Lowestoft deploy a second string team in the league much to Fleming's disappointment.
'I just don't understand why other clubs have got voted in and not us,' he said.
'It's really disappointing and very short-sighted in my opinion.
'It's not as if we are going to affect promotion – it just seems a decision taken against the better interests of football in the region.'
– Lowestoft will hold an open training session at Crown Meadow on Monday at 6pm. Craig Fleming and Dave Carolan will take the session, which is open to anyone.