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Lane Begins Re-Building Job

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New Northwood manager Simon Lane has started his re-building job at the Evo-Stik League South East club by bringing back club legend Brad Hewitt and signing Harry Newman.

Hewitt has previously chalked up 190 appearances for the club, scoring 22 goals, and the talented central defender worked with the new boss during a highly-successful period at Bostik Premier outfit Wingate & Finchley.

He played at Boreham Wood before his first spell at Chestnut Avenue, and has also appeared for Dunstable Town, Biggleswade Town, Slough Town, Burnham, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Hemel Hempstead Town.

Lane said: “We have a big job of re-building here and to get someone like Brad back to the club says a lot, I think, about where we’d like to go over time. He was superb for me previously and his experience will be paramount in helping this extremely young group to progress.

“Hopefully there will be one or two others to announce shortly but generally I’ll go about our business quietly and finalise the details of our pre-season planning in the meantime.”

Lane added another quality player to his squad in the shape of Harry Newman, formerly with Bostik Premier neighbours Harrow Borough.

Newman, 26, was an integral member of the squad at Earlsmead before leaving at the end of last season.

Lane added: “Harry’s capture is a real coup for the club particularly as he was inundated with offers. I am delighted he has chosen us for football reasons and that is a measure of the man, I believe”, said Lane. “He is a player I have monitored for some time and I’m sure he will fit into our structure and philosophy perfectly.

“What I am starting to realise is that word is getting around locally, North and West London, that if you want to progress your abilities and therefore careers, then Northwood might be a good option this time around”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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