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Hat-trick for K&P

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:30 05 July 2010

K&P manager Nick Shorten, centre, with news signings Lee Gilman, left, and Justin Fox, right. Picture: Mick Howes

K&P manager Nick Shorten, centre, with news signings Lee Gilman, left, and Justin Fox, right. Picture: Mick Howes

Mark Boggis

Kirkley & Pakefield Football Club have completed an excellent hat-trick this week with the signing of Lewis Blois.

A week after The Journal revealed that the Walmer Road outfit had swooped to sign two of the Ridgeons League's most sought-after players, the ambitious side have now bagged another.

Mark Boggis

Kirkley & Pakefield Football Club have completed an excellent hat-trick this week with the signing of Lewis Blois.

A week after The Journal revealed that the Walmer Road outfit had swooped to sign two of the Ridgeons League's most sought-after players, the ambitious side have now bagged another.

After raiding one of the sides that finished above them in the Ridgeons League last season to capture Justin Fox and Lee Gilman from Wroxham, Nick Shorten and his management team have followed it up with the signing this week of former Norwich City starlet Blois from fifth-placed outfit Mildenhall.

Blois becomes K&P's latest new recruit as the side that finished in sixth last season continue their quest for a crack at promotion.

“Lewis is another proven quantity at this level and comes with significant pedigree having been with Norwich from a young age and with a good spell at Kings Lynn,” a delighted Nick Shorten said yesterday, after Blois was signed on Monday.

“He aligns with my close-season strategy to add to our squad with players who are guaranteed to make us stronger.”

Now 26, Blois boasts several England U16 caps and even spent time playing for a season in the Canadian Soccer Association A League.

Shorten yesterday revealed how Blois had come under the radar of a host of top Ridgeons rivals. “He was a target of Lowestoft, Dereham and obviously Mildenhall wanted to keep him, so we're delighted,” he said.

With regards to more signings, Shorten was keeping his cards close to his chest.

“Three could be the magic number, however there are a couple of other areas we are looking to strengthen in but again they need to be of the right calibre in order to guarantee they can make a difference,” he revealed.

Next season's Ridgeons League campaign will include a new visit for the town's top teams, Lowestoft and K&P, as The FA have allocated Wivenhoe Town - relegated from the Ryman League - to the Ridgeons League Premier Division for 2008/09.

Departing the premier division will be Swaffham Town, Newmarket Town and Ipswich Wanderers - who have been relegated to the first division - while champions Soham Town Rangers will be playing in the Southern League Midlands Division next season.

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