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Lewes sign Romain
Lewes have agreed to sign Three Bridges forward Elliott Romain after he impressed in Saturday’s friendly with Albion.
Romain, a regular scorer for Bridges in the last four years, played the first 45 minutes against the Seagulls and produced a lively display.
Danny Bloor, who was running the Lewes team on his own with Garry Wilson on holiday, revealed after the game the player would become the Rooks’ ninth summer signing.
Wilson and Bloor, though, will take their time to decide on fellow trialists James Stinson, the former Eastbourne Borough defender, George Branford, Matt Percival and Ryan Burbridge.
Bloor said: “We have agreed a deal with Elliott. He will definitely be signing and the others we will have to wait and see.
Elliott Romain has agreed to become a Lewes player. Sometimes – Garry did at Eastbourne Borough with people like Andy Atkin – you have to unearth a jewel.
“It is all very well signing the established players, the Dodds, the Elphicks, the Blewdens but you need to unearth a few and I have a feeling that Elliott Romain might just be one we have unearthed.”
Bloor was pleased with how the game and the afternoon went.
He said: “For Lewes Football Club, it is a fantastic day, with 2,400-odd people here and the relationship with Brighton and Hove is good.
“We are disappointed by the scoreline, we gifted them a couple of goals which is disappointing from a football point of view but they are a Championship side and this time next year they could be in the Premier League so it is a great day for Lewes.
“For the first half an hour I was absolutely delighted.
“I said to the boys before the game, pre-season is what it is, it is about build-up. Sami Hyypia will be the same. It is a preparation and all about us being right for August 9.
“We did it last season. We had indifferent results in pre-season and we went to Hornchurch on the opening day, to play one of the favourites to win the league, and won 1-0 so that is our goal.”