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PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 11 May 2010

WELCOME: New Kirkley and Pakefield FC signing Allicion Blake with coach Mitch Rumsey.

WELCOME: New Kirkley and Pakefield FC signing Allicion Blake with coach Mitch Rumsey.

A FORMER UEFA Cup finalist and a talented youngster have both joined the ranks of the town's top two football teams this week.

Lowestoft Town have this week signed former Bordeaux and Norwich midfielder Cedric Anselin, while Kirkley & Pakefield have been quick to fill the voids left by three players with the capture of highly-regarded striker Allicion Blake.

Mark Boggis

A FORMER UEFA Cup finalist and a talented youngster have both joined the ranks of the town's top two football teams this week.

Lowestoft Town have this week signed former Bordeaux and Norwich midfielder Cedric Anselin, while Kirkley & Pakefield have been quick to fill the voids left by three players with the capture of highly-regarded striker Allicion Blake.

Anselin, who once again will team up with Craig Fleming and Dave Carolan at Crown Meadow, previously played for Bordeaux and Lille before signing for Norwich in the summer of 1999 for £250,000.

Meanwhile, former Ipswich Town academy striker Blake, has also played for Woodbridge, AFC Sudbury and most recently Wivenhoe.

The 21-year-old Blake made his debut in the Ridgeons League Cup match against Gorleston, and scored in K&P's 4-1 win. After a traumatic week, which started with the departures of Nathan Pauling to Norwich United and Lee Hunter to Gorleston and was made worse by Saturday's dramatic events in the abandoned game against Harwich, Nick Shorten was in good spirits after Wednesday's win.

“The players responded in the best way possible, with football, and put in a great display with a comprehensive win.

“Credit to my management team and all of the lads involved on the night,” he told The Journal.

Tomorrow, K&P have an FA Vase visit to Yaxley, near Peterborough.

Over the bascule bridge, Lowestoft Town's fantastic unbeaten run continues.

And now after nine unbeaten league games, they are six points clear of Wivenhoe with a game in hand on the second-placed team.

And The Blues boosted their midfield talent even further this week with the capture of Anselin - who played in the 1996 UEFA cup final against Bayern Munich for Bordeaux, alongside Zinedine Zidane, who lost the game over two legs 5-1 on aggregate.

And speaking exclusively to The Journal yesterday, joint Blues boss Micky Chapman said: “We've made a very, very good signing in Cedric Anselin.

“He is a fantastic player who is technically great, has an absolutely top-drawer pedigree and it is great to have him on board as he's a great addition to the squad.”

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