Lowestoft keen on former Canvey Island goalkeeper
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Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman admits there is 'a good chance' the Blues will sign Ashlee Jones as the goalkeeper continues to impress on trial.
Jones has featured in friendlies against Kirkley & Pakefield and Brantham Athletic this week and Lowestoft are keen to secure the 25-year-old's signature after he left Canvey Island this summer. Lowestoft have already signed another goalkeeper during the close season in the form of Will Viner from Thurrock but Jake Jessup's potential move to Forest Green has seen the Trawlerboys re-enter the market for a shot-stopper.
'Ashlee is a very good keeper – he became available and you can see he is quality and there is a good chance we will sign him up,' revealed Chapman. 'If that can happen in the near future then he would be a fantastic addition to the squad.
'Archie (Jessup) is having a trial at Forest Green and we wish him the best of luck – we would never stand in anyone's way if they get the chance to go on from here.'
Jones would compete for the number one spot with Viner should he sign for the Blues and Chapman feels after a frustrating summer the club is getting competition for places.
'Things are coming together slowly but surely,' he said. 'We need to make sure that we bring in the right players – it's easy to sign players but we want to sign quality.
'We want to bring in people as good as the players we have got, if not better.
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'Some clubs are paying out astronomical money. Gary (Keyzor) is a sensible chairman and he is not going to put the club's future in jeopardy and we appreciate the way he does things.'
While the Blues management team are pleased with the quality of the current squad, Chapman admitted it needs supplementing before the season begins so they can launch an assault on the Ryman League Premier Division once again.
Lowestoft were forced to postpone their friendly with Thetford last night to give the players a rest but Chapman is pleased with how the fitness of his players is coming along before the big kick-off on August 10.
'We have not got the biggest squad at the moment but that will change,' he said.
'We wanted to play a lot of games during pre-season to get the lads' fitness up. Players would always prefer to play games rather than train but as it has turned out it's been the same lads getting a lot of minutes.
'We decided to postpone the friendly against Thetford (last night) so that lads had a bit more rest because the last thing we want is to pick up injuries.'