Lowestoft make two new signings ahead of Kettering clash
PUBLISHED: 21:13 01 March 2019 | UPDATED: 21:13 01 March 2019
Lowestoft Town have received a double boost ahead of their clash with league leaders Kettering Town after confirming two new signings.
The Trawlerboys have moved to bolster their squad with the permanent signing of attacking midfielder Dylan Williams from Biggleswade, and Rio Douglas has joined on loan from Peterborough United.
Both players will be available for potential selection for tomorrow’s eagerly awaited encounter with The Poppies at the Amber Dew Events Stadium in the Southern League Premier Division Central (Saturday, March 2).
However the good news has been tempered by a double blow - with skipper Travis Cole likely to be missing for the rest of the season as he faces a further injury setback, while midfielder Tommy Hughes’ loan has expired and he has returned to Ipswich Town.
Attacking midfielder Dylan Williams, 22, will reunite with Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds once more, after the managerial duo previously signed him during their time at Sudbury.
Right back Rio Douglas will also see a familiar face at the Amber Dew as he reunites with Peterborough teammate Kyle Barker on a work experience loan deal. The 18-year-old is the younger brother of Kasey Douglas, who made his debut for League One Peterborough in 2016.
Preparing for Saturday’s tough encounter with Kettering, Lowestoft boss Jamie Godbold was delighted with the two new recruits.
“We had previously signed Dylan on loan from Cambridge United, when we were at Sudbury,” Godbold said.
“He was really highly thought of at the time and we were disappointed when his loan deal expired back then. He has found himself in non league and he is keen to get back into professional football.
“I think he has the ability to do so and I think we have made a really good signing.”
Comfortable as an attacking midfielder, in the number 10 role, Godbold said Williams will bring a new dimension to the Lowestoft engine room.
“Dylan is a creative attacking player, something we have perhaps been missing this season,” Godbold said.
“We faced Biggleswade last week and and he was on the bench, so we approached the club about a deal and they waived the seven days meaning Dylan could transfer over in time to be available for tomorrow.
“He is an exciting player. We have got a goalscorer in Jake Reed and now we need more people to contribute and assist him as we have relied too much on set pieces recently,” Godbold added.
“We have also brought in Rio on a similar loan deal to what we have with Kyle, and we are really pleased that Peterborough have allowed him to to join us.
“However Tommy Hughes has returned to Ipswich and disappointingly we have lost Travis Cole for the season.
“We are still waiting for the results of the scan but Travis is in a lot of pain and with what’s happened this season an operation may be needed.
“It is just the way the season has gone for us, having to recruit to be able to field a team.”
Godbold added: “Its gut wrenching for Travis, we are absolutely devastated after he has worked so hard to get back on the field.”