Ambitious Curtis joins Lowestoft
NEW Lowestoft Town signing Curtis Haynes-Brown believes the club’s coaching team can resurrect his dream of getting back into the professional game.
The 21-year-old signed a two-year deal at Crown Meadow earlier this month to become Town’s first signing of the close season and he hopes the move can help him get back into the Football League after being released by Colchester United as a youngster.
“I met up with Ady Gallagher and Craig Fleming and I really liked the sound of their plans,” said Haynes-Brown, who starred for AFC Sudbury last season. “They want to get into Conference South as soon as possible and they are a very ambitious club.
“I’ve been up front with them and told them that I have got ambitions to get back into the pro game and hopefully they can help me achieve that and I can help Lowestoft achieve their goals.”
The pacy left-back believes Lowestoft’s management triumvirate – which also includes club stalwart Micky Chapman – will be able to improve his game, making his decision a lot easier despite interest from several other non-league clubs.
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“They are a team going places,” he added. “You only have to look at the fact they have enjoyed back-to-back promotions to realise that.
“I think they will be able to bring my game on there as I’ve heard the coaching there is second to none.”
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Haynes-Brown thought his shot at the big time had gone a couple of years ago when, after three weeks on trial with Ipswich Town, then manager Jim Magilton decided not to offer the defender a contract.
But Lowestoft could provide the player with a platform to showcase his talents as the club looks to kick on once again and secure their third successive promotion.
“When I was playing for Ipswich Wanderers we had a friendly match against Antigua, who were on tour here, and (Ipswich scout) Charlie Woods recommended me to Jim Magilton.
“They sorted it out for me to have some time off work and I was on trial there for about three weeks and I thought I might get a deal.
“However, they decided they didn’t have the time to mould me as a player and wanted to bring in someone who was the finished product.
“When that did not come off I thought that was the end for me in terms of the pro game but I’ve worked my way up and playing for Lowestoft is a great opportunity for me.”