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Lewes FC is delighted to announce the signing of Burgess Hill Town striker Kieron Pamment.
The 25-year-old forward was Worthing’s top scorer with 19 goals last season, and made the switch to Hill in the summer. Darren Freeman has been tracking the player since missing out on his signing in the summer and is happy to have finally landed the forward.
“I’m delighted to have signed Kieron,” the gaffer said. “I tried to bring him in at the start of the season. We met and had long talks with him, but he decided to join Burgess Hill. I’m glad we’ve managed to convince him to come across.
“Before he joined Burgess Hill, he was Worthing’s top scorer. He’s got a good knack of scoring goals and I hope he brings that with him.”
“I felt it was important to bring someone in and not rely on Jonte all the time. Although saying that, we’ve shared the goals round this season. But getting someone else who can score goals can only do us the world of good.”
Kieron is the second new face at the Pan this week, following the loan signing of Henri Wilder from Mansfield Town. Henri made an impressive debut versus Harlow in the week and is providing cover for the injured Leon Redwood.
“Henri had a very good debut on Wednesday evening,” said Darren. “I could tell from his first training sessions he plays how he trains. He’s fully committed and wants to do well.”
Once news of Leon’s injury was confirmed, Darren started the search for a replacement left-back. “I watched lots of footage, made a lot of calls. Henri was the outstanding player and we chose him.”
“I’m very grateful to Mansfield for loaning us Henry, who was recommended by a friend of mine, Danny Bloor, who I’d like to thank.”
Leon had a scan on his injured knee last week and, thankfully, the diagnosis isn’t too serious. “We’re happy it’s only bruising and a slight ligament strain, and we’re hoping he should be back in two or three weeks.”
In other injury news, Alex Malins continues to make progress on his long-term ankle injury. “He’ll be playing for the DS on Tuesday,” said Darren. “Hopefully he won’t have any recurrence of the injury, which has kep thim out for a year now.”
Fellow defender Lloyd Cotton is back in training and working his way back to fitness, following a nasty viral infection. Jack Walder continues to rest his knee, until he gets the go-ahead to resume training from his surgeon.
Meanwhile, Darren is happy with yet another youth player breaking through the ranks into the first team squad. Sam Karl waited patiently for his chance after banging in the goals for the Development Squad last season and took it with both hands when he was selected to start against Farnborough in the FA Cup. He’s been in and around the squad ever since and Darren’s impressed with what he’s seen.
“Sam did particularly well last year, scoring lots of goals and putting in very good performances,” he said. “It shows what a good job Ekey is doing with the under-23s and it proves we want to try and progress players through the system. I’m pleased for Sam, who has shown an outstanding attitude.”
Another player who Darren’s keeping a close eye on is Nico Cotton, who’s been out on loan at East Grinstead. “I’ve been in close contact with Matt at East Grinstead and Nico, who’s enjoying playing. It’s important we get people who aren’t starting match fit, and that’s why we wanted him out on loan to get some game time.”