LEAMINGTON boss Paul Holleran has been busy at work during the close season, as he shapes his side ready for a third consecutive season in the National League North, and has announced the signings of Alvechurch forward Josh March and Hednesford Town midfielder Reece King.
March makes the move to the Phillips 66 Community Stadium after helping guide the Church to the Southern Premier League Central play-off final, and played an integral part in the village club reaching their current standing at step three of non-league football.
The 22-year old can play anywhere in the forward line and has plenty of potential, as he attempts to step it up at step two for the first time in his career.
Holleran firmly believes March can thrive at the Brakes.
“He’s come through the leagues with Alvechurch and has developed as a player, but he made it quite clear that he wants the opportunity to step up to the National League North, and myself and Josh both feel that Leamington is the perfect step up for him,” he said.
“I think the way he plays and the way we play will be a good fit, and he’s another young boy that I’m hoping will not only establish himself in the National League but will kick on, and we’re delighted to get him on board.
The club’s second and latest signing comes in the form of King, following two seasons at Keys Park where he was recently voted the Player of the Season.
Holleran admits that he is a fan of the 24-year old, and is excited to see him in action for Leamington.
“He’s a big, strong, powerful athletic midfield player who we’re delighted to add to the squad.
“We feel he has got all the attributes to succeed at this level. He’s had a good grounding and we are looking forward to working with him and seeing what he can bring to the team.”
Meanwhile, the Brakes have tied down a number of key players, extending the contracts of Colby Bishop, Tony Breeden, Jack Edwards, Jack Lane, James Mace and Jamie Hood.
He revealed that the club managed to fend off competition for Bishop’s signature to keep him at the club, after the player wanted to continue his progression for another season with the Brakes.
“At this moment in time, Colby feels that the best thing for him is to continue his football at Leamington.
“Colby and the club feel that if he continues in the same vein that he has been, then the opportunity to return to full time football will surely arise, but for the foreseeable future, Colby feels that the best place for him to continue his football development and education is here with us at Leamington.”