Ex-Needham Market striker Sam Newson believes the time was right to move after sealing a three-month loan deal with Lowestoft Town.
The Marketmen’s top scorer this season with 12 goals netted twice in his farewell appearance, a 4-1 win away at Redbridge on Saturday, before the news was confirmed that he had agreed the move with the Ryman League Premier Division outfit, as exclusively revealed in last week’s Free Press.
Newson, who almost exactly a year ago missed out on a trial with current npower League Two leaders Gillingham through injury, leaves Bloomfields having scored an impressive total of 70 goals in his two-and-a-half-year stay with the club.
Speaking of the move, the 24-year-old revealed his gratitude and affection for Danny Laws’ side, but admitted his excitement at testing himself at a higher level.
“I am really positive about the move, it is a new challenge for me playing at that level for the first time, but I’m relishing the opportunity and confident of stepping up,” he said.
“Lowestoft have an amazing set-up and get big crowds, so it can only benefit me as a player.
“I think the time was right to move on. I’ve matured as a player and I think it was time to look for that step up.
“The management told me that bids had been made and when I knew they were looking to sell me I had no worries about moving on.
“I will always love Needham and wouldn’t have had a problem staying for the rest of my career if no move had come about.
“I have a huge respect for them and I wish them all the best. Hopefully they can push on and get into the play-offs, it’s where they deserve to be.
“The most pleasing thing for me was to end my time at Needham on a high by scoring twice and having my good mates at the club all celebrate with me.
“Now I have a new challenge and hopefully now I can make a significant impact and make the move a permanent one. I’m just excited to get started.”
Laws has moved quickly in an attempt to fill the void left by Newson, confirming the signing of former Ipswich Town trainee Liam Barrett, who returns to the country from a four-year scholarship in America, although it is likely the new arrival will not be ready to feature until next week.
Despite losing his leading marksman ahead of tomorrow’s visit of 14th-placed Harlow Town (3pm), Laws — who also revealed to having made approaches for a number of further attacking options — is remaining philosophical about the situation as he aims to secure a first home league win of the campaign.
“It’s a shame to see Sam leave, but it also allows us to try new things and rethink how we play,” he said. “We were fairly rigid with Sam in the side and we are looking to play differently and focus on players who can play anywhere in a front three.
“That change to a 4-3-3 system has worked for us recently and it’s probably the most consistent we’ve been this season.
“We are playing some good stuff and hopefully that will continue on Saturday against Harlow.”