October 22nd, 2016

Highly-rated midfielder Zak Lilly makes Brakes switch

Updated: 1:43 pm, Sep 15, 2016

MIDFIELDER Zak Lilly has become Leamington’s first signing to be assisted by the Twelfth Man Fund after moving to the Southern League Premier Division club on a month loan deal from AFC Telford United.

The 18-year-old spent his early years at West Bromwich Albion’s academy, and has also represented England at schoolboy level before enjoying a successful loan spell at Sutton Coldfield Town last season.

Speaking about the highly-rated attacking midfielder, Brakes boss Paul Holleran said: “I felt we need to freshen things up after last week.

“Zak is a young lad who we have been keeping an eye on for a while, I watched him when he was at Sutton last season. He is very highly thought of by the management at Telford, and will boost our attacking options higher up the pitch.”

Lilly’s arrival has somewhat been overshadowed by the news that Rob Elvins has left the club in search of more regular first team football.

Holleran added: “I’d like to go on record and express my thanks to Rob for his time with us.

“He joined the club to help us towards the end of last season, coming out of ‘retirement’, and has always been a top professional. He is at an age where if he needs to be playing consistently, and we wish him all the best if he decides to continue.”