Lowestoft defender set for Yeovil
Lowestoft Town defender Curtis Haynes-Brown is on the verge of joining Yeovil Town after a successful trial with the League One side.
The 22-year-old played in Yeovil's 3-1 win against Poole Town in a pre-season friendly and did enough to show manager Terry Skiverton that he is worthy of a shot at the Football League.
The deal could be completed as soon as this weekend if the clubs can agree a fee and the former Sudbury man passes a medical.
Haynes-Brown had just arrived back from an unsuccessful trial with Crewe Alexandra but Lowestoft will now be actively seeking a replacement for the defender, who was such a mainstay of their promotion effort.
It marks the end of a journey for Haynes-Brown, who has spent several seasons outside the Football League after being released by Colchester United in 2008.
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It looked like he might earn a deal with Ipswich Town a few years ago after training with the club for more than a month but then manager Jim Magilton decided to look elsewhere.
Lowestoft will now look to the likes of Greg Crane, Sam Gaughran and Matt Halliday to fill the void left by Haynes-Brown's departure while former Histon defender Erkan Okay is currently on trial at Crown Meadow.
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Okay is likely play a part in Lowestoft's latest pre-season friendly tomorrow (Saturday) against Enfield Town as the Trawlerboys look for their first close season win following reverses against Great Yarmouth Town and Chelmsford City.
Lowestoft director of football Craig Fleming is far from alarmed at this stage and is pleased with how the squad's level of fitness is coming along.
'Results aren't important at this stage of pre-season – it's about getting the fitness back into the lads,' said Fleming. 'We obviously want to establish a winning mentality and we will be looking to do that later in the pre-season programme but we're pleased with what we've seen so far.
'I think against Chelmsford we played very well and for long periods you would have struggled to see which team was from the division above.'