Lowestoft Town sign former Luton defender Dan Gleeson
PUBLISHED: 17:05 06 July 2012
Former Luton Town defender Dan Gleeson has signed for Lowestoft Town on a two-year contract.
The 27-year-old was released by the Hatters at the end of last season and has agreed to join the Trawlerboys, taking part in his first training session with the squad on Monday evening.
Blues director of football Craig Fleming believes the signing is a real coup for the club and finally fills the void left by Andrew Cave-Brown who departed Crown Meadow last season due to work commitments.
“Ever since we lost Andrew Cave-Brown we have been searching for a new right-back and we couldn’t have asked to bring in a better replacement,” said Fleming after completing the club’s fourth new signing of the summer following the capture of Danny Cunningham, Lee Smith and Jack Defty. “He brings a lot of experience and he’s a very good footballer. He comes from good stock and has played to a very decent level with Cambridge and Luton.”
Gleeson has experience of playing in the Football League with Cambridge United and Notts County and he also has seven caps for England C, which is chosen from the best players outside the Football League.
He left Cambridge to join Luton where he was a member of the side beaten by AFC Wimbledon in the 2010/11 Conference play-off final but he fell out of favour at Kenilworth Road last season under Paul Buckle.
Fleming admitted Gleeson was unsure whether to drop down with Lowestoft but once he had met with the former Norwich City defender and chairman Gary Keyzor he was convinced of the Blues’ ambitions to play higher.
“He got released by Luton so we had a chat with him to see where he stood,” added Fleming. “Initially he wasn’t sure about dropping down but after a chat with myself and the chairman he could see where we’re trying to go as a club,” he added. “Right-back has been a position we’ve needed to strengthen for some time.
“I know what some people will say again – they will say that we are throwing money around but I can assure everyone that we are not. He has come in on our budget and we would never put the club in jeopardy.
“He can see that the whole club is geared towards going up and hopefully bringing Dan in will move us a step closer to realising that.”
n Richard Woodrow is to assist Jamie Godbold with the running of Lowestoft’s reserve side.
Midfielder Woodrow returns to Crown Meadow after a season with Ridgeons Premier League side Gorleston.