Stock relishing second chance at Lowestoft Town
New Lowestoft Town signing Russell Stock is desperate to play his part in the Blues' promotion push and hopes to restore his status as a fans' favourite at Crown Meadow.
The 31-year-old completed a move back to Lowestoft last week from Kirkley and Pakefield, signing an 18-month contract, and he is looking to rediscover the cult status he attained at the club during his first spell, when he scored 71 goals in 184 games.
'It's great to be back and it's great to hear the fans' reaction to me,' he said. 'I'm really looking forward to playing my part in the second half of the season as it's a fresh challenge for me.'
Lowestoft moved quickly to bring Stock back to Crown Meadow after Danny Bloomfield departed to join Wroxham. Financial problems at Kirkley, which have seen the Walmer Road side slash the wage bill, paved the way for Stock's move but he spared a thought for his former club, who have also lost star midfielder Ian Dawson to the Trawlerboys.
'It's a great chance for me. I played at this level a few years back but no teams from this area have made it into the Ryman so Lowestoft are pioneers,' he said. 'It was difficult leaving Kirkley and I just hope that the club remains.
'There are obviously some financial problems behind the scenes but I enjoyed my time there. But when I got the call from Micky Chapman and Craig Fleming, it wasn't really a difficult decision to make.'
Stock came on as a late substitute in the 2-0 win against Concord Rangers on Monday and understands he has got some strong competition to contend with to force his way into the side.
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But with games coming thick and fast as the club plays fixture catch-up due to the recent big freeze, Stock's presence could prove invaluable.
'There is some really good competition in the forward line,' he added. 'There are a lot of games coming up and we're a bit behind in the league so hopefully I can help out. We've got plenty of competition. The squad is superb. The standard, attitude and quality is all there.'
Stock could be handed his first start in his second stint for Lowestoft when the Blues travel to Cheshunt in the Championship Manager Cup third round tonight.
The Blues will look to rotate the squad with an eye on Saturday's Ryman League Premier clash at AFC Hornchurch.