Friday 29th May was a busy day for the Football League and in particular Newport County, recently appointed manager Terry Butcher was obviously keen to get fresh faces through the door bringing in three players in one day, and it must be said, all for free!
The trio were all brought in from Non-League; Lenell John-Lewis was the first to arrive after two action packed seasons with Grimsby Town in the Conference. His former team made the play off final this term but fell at the final hurdle, losing to Bristol Rovers on penalties. The 26-year old has experience in the Football League with Bury and Lincoln City, but has never played higher than the fourth tier. The striker secured a two year deal with Newport early yesterday morning and this could be the step up he needs if his career is to progress further in the coming years. Butcher’s second two signings were Macclesfield duo Rhys Taylor and Scott Barrow. Goalkeeper Taylor will act as competition for Joe Day and may even claim the number one spot after keeping 18 clean sheets in 46 games for the Silkmen this campaign. Defender Scott Barrow has relative experience in Non League but has never played a minute in the Football League, but Terry Butcher believes in the youngster, saying: “Scott is a very good defender who is comfortable on the ball”. These could be the qualities that drive the Welsh club towards the play offs rather than the mid-table obscurity they achieved this season.
In other news, Luton have signed West Ham youth product Dan Potts on a two year contract. The versatile defender came through the Hammers youth ranks and made 13 first team appearances for his boyhood club. He has spent time on loan at League One Colchester this season. The 21 year old is very experienced for his age and will definitely add quality to the Hatters back line.
Newly promoted Conference champions Barnet have signed vastly experienced frontman Kevin Lisbie on a one year deal following his release from Leyton Orient. The former Jamaica international fell down the pecking order at Orient last season with David Mooney, Jay Simpson and Gianvito Plasmati all pushing ahead. It was probably the right time for Lisbie to drop down to League Two; he spent years with Charlton Athletic and even played Premier League football for the Addicks. He hasn’t got the legs, but at the age of 36, you really can’t blame him for his drop down the leagues.