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Lewis Return Gives Boost to Town

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Graeme Lewis is set to rejoin Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Reading Town.

The experienced striker was one of many who left the Scours Lane club following the departure of manager Colin Millard two seasons ago.

Former Lincoln City player Lewis joined Millard at Thatcham Town, but later signed for their league rivals Abingdon United and scored sixteen goals in the Zamaretto League Division One South & West

“We are delighted to see him back,” said Town manager Mark Bartley. “He is something of a legend at the club.”

Bartley says Lewis is one of several players who have agreed to join Reading.

Others include Bartley’s brother, Michael, a striker who has played at a higher level for Farnborough and Didcot Town, and midfielder Richard Witt, previously with Thatcham and Didcot.

Among those returning from last season are Player of the Year Alex Salmon, assistant manager Marcus Richardson, Danny Lingwood, Ray Spence, Jamie Piercy, Ashley Watkins, Chris Hatton and Graham Sims.

Youngsters Jordan Cousineau and Ben Spence, who both made big impressions when they stepped up from the club’s youth team last season, have also signed new forms.

Bartley is hoping that leading scorer Danny Seaward will also stay, although he is wanted by Basingstoke Town.

“I am talking to other players and so there will be more signings soon,” added the Town manager.

“Players are not coming here for the money, which other clubs are offering, but they want to play for us as they recognise we are ambitious and want to go places.

“When I took over I said our goal was promotion within two seasons, but we will certainly be aiming to do it in one season.

“Training is going very well. I couldn’t be more pleased with the way pre-season is shaping.”

One familar face who will be missing at Scours Lane is long-time servant Michael Hancock.

Bartley explained: “Mike has been very loyal to the club for many years, but I haven’t included him in our future plans. I feel a change of club will do him some good and refresh his career.”

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