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Lowestoft: Nolan signing a massive coup

PUBLISHED: 11:01 11 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:02 06 July 2010

Mark Boggis

NEW Lowestoft Town signing Matt Nolan is hoping to fire in the goals that keep the Blues in the promotion picture.

The sharp-shooting striker completed a whirlwind few days by joining Lowestoft last Saturday - just a week after scoring the winner for AFC Telford United in their Blue Square North victory at Gloucester City.

NEW Lowestoft Town signing Matt Nolan is hoping to fire in the goals that keep the Blues in the promotion picture.

The sharp-shooting striker completed a whirlwind few days by joining Lowestoft last Saturday - just a week after scoring the winner for AFC Telford United in their Blue Square North victory at Gloucester City.

And targeting the goals for his new club, the 27-year-old hitman made his debut in Lowestoft's fine 3-0 win in their second versus third clash in the Ryman League Division One North encounter with Northwood on Saturday.

Striker Nolan, who formerly played for Hitchin, Peterborough, Cambridge, King's Lynn and Corby, told The Journal: “I hope to score the goals that get the club promotion. “This is the first time I've played at this level, but with the players we have got we can certainly go on from here and the aim is for promotion.”

Nolan signed for The Blues last Saturday morning, after an initial seven-day approach earlier last week was rebuffed by the Bucks outfit.

But with Nolan only playing a bit part for the New Bucks Head outfit this season - which has already seen him score twice - King's Lynn's former top goalscorer in the 2007-8 championship-winning season expressed a desire to speak to Lowestoft, with the formalities agreed on Saturday.

The 27-year-old striker joins former Lynn teammates Adam Smith, Greg Crane and Andrew Fisk at the ambitious Crown Meadow outfit - with Blues coach Craig Fleming also a former playing colleague.

“The move happened quite quickly really - I didn't know to much about it then all of a sudden I'm here. I have a couple of friends here and was not as happy as I could be with Telford as I wasn't playing as much as I wanted - so that's the reason why I came here.”

And for Blues joint boss Ady Gallagher, Nolan's signing from a club that plays at two levels higher than Lowestoft, and who won the Setanta Shield last season, was a massive coup.

“It is a sign of intent as far as we are concerned in that obviously we are bringing in players who not only can play at this level but can play at levels higher as well,” he told The Journal.

“Matt is ambitious, he has brought into the club's ambition and wants to be part of that and be successful. He has a proven track record, is only 27 and still has lots to give and I'm hopeful he'll play a major part for us in the future success in the next few years.

“It's obvious to everyone that we hadn't replaced Russell Stock when he left, but we didn't want to rush into things as we wanted someone who has played consistently at a higher level. That was the intention of the club and what we have got here is a lad who is four years younger than Russ and has a proven record at a high level of football.

“That is the direction that the club is moving in and I think Matt will prove to be a fantastic acquisition for us,” Gallagher said.

“As managers of Lowestoft Town, Mick and I have never had such an array of talented players around us as we have now in this squad. Competition for places is absolutely fantastic and from my point of view its certainly good times for us as its nice to be thinking about a squad of 20 players knowing that whenever someone is unavailable you have someone just as good to pick who can step into their place - so the future is looking really bright for Lowestoft Town.”

And Gallagher was quick to quash suggestions that The Blues had been bankrolling a spending spree at Crown Meadow in pursuit of their goals.

“There has been a lot of speculation that Lowestoft Town FC are throwing a lot of money around (to sign players) but the reality is that Matt is another player at the squad who was earning more with his previous club and who could've earned more money playing for teams nearer to his home - that should not go unnoticed,” he told The Journal.

“These players have come to Lowestoft because we have a very professional set-up, that we are very ambitious and that the players who are here are really, really enjoying themselves - that speaks volumes for the players in that they are prepared to earn less money in a happy and ambitious set-up.”

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