Lowestoft Town complete double signing
Lowestoft Town last night completed the double signing of Nathan Stone and Dean Sinclair with the pair likely to make their debuts against Tooting & Mitcham tomorrow.
Stone has signed a two-and-a-half year deal from Leiston for an undisclosed fee while former Norwich City midfielder Sinclair links up with former team-mate at Carrow Road Craig Fleming.
The Blues have been trailing the pair for some time as the management team looking to strengthen the club's promotion challenge, with the Trawlerboys sitting third in the Ryman League Premier.
It is perhaps the signing of Stone that will please fans the most with the club struggling in front of goal in recent weeks.
Joint Blues boss Ady Gallagher admitted the club is delighted to sign the former Kirkley and Pakefield hitman and believes he can add a new dimension to the club's strikeforce.
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'We've tried to sign him in the past and for one reason or another it hasn't come off,' he said. 'But we've always kept an eye on him and it will be exciting to have him on board. He is a bustling centre forward, who is very difficult to play against and I think most defenders would admit they don't like playing against him.
'He plays with his heart on his sleeve and adds to the striking options that we've got at the club. He certainly knows where the net is and, most importantly, he wants to play for us.'
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With Matt Nolan nursing a heel injury, which will need to be monitored for the rest of the season, and Michael Frew suffering a calf problem the capture of Stone could not have come at a better time for the Trawlerboys.
After leaving Needham Market last summer, Stone has helped Leiston cement their place at the top of Ryman League Division One North and Gallagher has no worries the striker won't be able to cope with the step up in standard.
'When you look at Nathan's career he has constantly taken his chance at whatever level he has played at,' added Gallagher. 'Even when he was at Loddon playing in the Anglian Combination you could see that he could play higher and now we are giving him that chance and we're confident he can take it.'
Sinclair, 27, started his career with the Canaries under Nigel Worthington but made just two appearances for the club before moving on to Barnet where he impressed enough to earn a move to Charlton Athletic for �125,000. However, after failing to gain a regular first team place at The Valley he moved on to Grimsby where he was released at the end of last season. He linked up with former Norwich team-mate Zema Abbey at Arlesey at the start of the season but, after talks with director of football Craig Fleming, decided to join the Blues' title challenge.