Fans’ favourite Sam Newson has returned to Needham Market in a week that has seen five players leave Bloomfields.
With the Marketmen’s promotion ambitions all but extinguished in Ryman League Division One North, currently sitting 13 points adrift of the play-offs, manager Danny Laws has given his squad a mid-season shake-up.
James Evans and Danny Bloomfield have both headed for Hadleigh United, Jack Wilkinson has left for Haverhill Rovers, Nathan Clarke has signed for Walsham-le-Willows on loan, with Jordan Pavett also shown the exit door.
But among the mini-exodus, allowing opportunities for Needham’s younger players, Newson has been recalled early from a three-month loan spell at Ryman League Premier Division promotion- chasers Lowestoft Town, in an attempt to galvanise the club’s floundering frontline.
Despite only featuring for eight minutes for the Trawler Boys, Newson who remains Needham’s leading scorer with 12, believes his time with the club was worthwhile, but refused to be drawn on his long-term future, with his contract set to expire at the end of this season.
“I haven’t played much football recently and that is what I want to concentrate on now,” he said.
“However, that wasn’t Lowestoft’s fault, they have a strong squad and I appreciate what they did for me.
“I would love a proper crack at that level again and I’m determined to do that.
“All I want to do now is help Needham start winning again, enjoy my football and assess things at the end of the season.”
Reflecting on the departures from the club, Newson who is set to return for the visit of Ilford tomorrow (3pm) and Tuesday’s trip to Chatham Town (7.45pm), weather permitting, believes it is a necessary part of the game to help introduce younger players.
“Because promotion is out the question, it is a chance to rebuild for next season and look at some of the strong players in the reserves,” he added.
“If anything, this will cause competition for places because they are hungry to prove themselves in the first team.”