Sawyer is Brakes’ new number one
Leamington boss Paul Holleran has moved quickly to fill the void left by Nathan Vaughan’s move to Kidderminster with the signing of experienced keeper Kevin Sawyer.
Sawyer, who was at Chippenham last season, has made more than 100 appearances for Gloucester City and also counts Salisbury City and Cirencester among his former clubs.
Standing at an imposing 6ft 3in, the 32-year-old was being courted by other clubs, but decided to opt for Brakes after turning out as a trialist in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Kidderminster.
It should prove a handy piece of business for Holleran, who struggled to find an able replacement for Tony Breeden last season after the keeper also made the move to Aggborough.
“We felt going into the start of the season that we needed someone with experience at this level,” said Holleran.
“It is such an important position and we’ve got a difficult start and some big cup games coming up.
“We need to gain some momentum and wanted someone with presence and experience who the back four felt comfortable with and who opposition forwards might find intimidating.
“He’s played three or 400 games at this level and above and we are delighted to get the deal done.”
Sawyer may also prove a surprising challenger for Stephan Morley in the penalty-taking stakes having netted from the spot to help take Salisbury City through to the first round of the FA Cup in 2004.
Sawyer should make his first appearance as an official Leamington player when Holleran’s side entertain Worcester City tomorrow in their final pre-season fixture (3pm).
Assistant manager Lee Williams has left the New Windmill after deciding to step away from football for the forseeable future.
The former Torquay United winger cited increased work commitments together with a need to spend more time with his young family.
It brings to an end a lengthy association with Holleran, but the Brakes boss was understanding of the motives behind the decision.
“Family and work has to come first and I’ve known for some time that Lee was struggling with his commitments away from football,” said Holleran.
“He has looked at things in pre-season and decided he cannot make the necessary commitment needed for the football.
“He has been a player, coach and assistant for me and we’ve had a great working relationship during that time.
“It’s sad that he is stepping away from football for the present but he is doing it for the right reasons.
“I’ve wished him all the best and hope to see him back in football if and when his commitments allow.”
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