Lowestoft Town looking to strengthen – Fleming

Craig Fleming.

Craig Fleming. - Credit: James Bass

Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming insists the club have been 'very active' in the transfer market and expects to see plenty of movement over the next couple of weeks.

The Trawlerboys swooped for Thurrock goalkeeper Will Viner last week in the wake of Andy Reynolds' decision to retire and take up a coaching position at Kirkley & Pakefield with Jamie Godbold.

But Fleming revealed it is not the only piece of business he has been working on recently and is hopeful of bringing more new faces in before the start of pre-season training next month.

'We've been very active and we've spoken to a lot of players,' said the former Norwich City defender, who also tied up the future of Erkan Okay last month as the midfielder signed a new two-year deal. 'The trouble is that a lot of these players have been offered bigger money elsewhere and that's where they are going to go.

'We've got a list of positions that we would like to improve and a few different options that we are working on. I'm hoping that we will see quite a bit of movement over the next couple of weeks.'

Reynolds' decision to hang up his boots did not come as a surprise to the Lowestoft management team but Fleming admitted he had tried to talk the 25-year-old into reconsidering.

'Physically he has been struggling for the last few seasons – he has played a heck of a lot of games for someone of his age,' he said. 'I did have a good chat with him and, as someone who would love to get out there and play again, I said to him that you are a long time retired. But he doesn't want to play anywhere at the moment and wants to focus on his coaching career which we all respect.'

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Fleming pinpointed Viner as the man to fill the void left by Reynolds' departure but the former Thurrock man will have to fight it out with young goalkeeper Jake Jessup, who had a successful spell on loan at Wroxham last season.

'He (Viner) has impressed against us every time he's played – he was fantastic when they beat us at home towards the end of the season,' added Fleming. 'He really wanted to join the club and we've also got Jake Jessup to compete for the position so I've no worries on that score.'

One man who showed his value to the Blues last season was Okay and Fleming hopes the former Histon man can build on his impressive displays last season after signing a new deal at Crown Meadow.

'Getting Erkan signed is massive for us,' he said. 'He's a brilliant character to have in the dressing room. He has come from a higher level of football and the way he goes about his game is a really good example to the rest of them.'