Lowestoft Town boss delighted on have on-loan midfielder Batlokwa on board
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Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks is delighted to have young midfielder Renei Batlokwa on board as he prepares for a testing climax to the Bostik League Premier Division season.
The 20-year-old Southend player, who has been attracting the attention of the Botswana national team, has joined the Blues on loan until the end of the season and made his debut in Monday's 2-0 defeat at Brightlingsea Regent.
With just one team going down this season, Lowestoft remain above Tooting & Mitcham and Burgess Hill Town in the table, but it's desperately tight at the bottom and the signing of a talented youngster before last Saturday's transfer deadline has given everyone at the club a timely boost.
'We're delighted to have Renei with us for the rest of the season,' said Brooks.
'He is someone I coached when I was at Southend and as well as being a good footballer he is also a good lad, which is very important. He came in at Brightlingsea and was probably our best player on the day, even though he had been thrown straight in alongside people he had never met before. Renei is excellent with the ball, can score a goal and is also a great athlete. He is a really good addition to the squad and I am sure he will help us over the final six games.
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'Brightlingsea was a disappointing game for us. We weren't good enough on the day and couldn't really complain about the result. As always the work ethic was there and we had one or two good chances but as a team we didn't use the ball well enough. With both the sides below us losing it was a missed opportunity but we've just got to put it behind us and move on to the next one.'
That was due to be a trip to Harrow Borough on Wednesday, but that game was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch while they are without a game at the weekend.
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That means the Blues will have to wait until Tuesday evening (7.45pm) for a return to action, with a home game against Hendon. Brooks said: 'The support we had at Brightlingsea was excellent and hopefully there will be a decent crowd in on Tuesday night. It's important game for us and the fans really can make a difference.'