‘Bart’ enjoying life after jumping up the leagues

DAVID ‘Bart’ Lorimer is loving life at AFC Sudbury after jumping up an incredible SIX divisions since last season.

Lorimer scored 58 times, including ten hat-tricks, in just 28 games last season as Bildeston Rangers lifted the Division Three title in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL.

After finishing leading goalscorer in the whole SIL, Lorimer not surprisingly attracted the interest of clubs in the Ridgeons League.

But it was AFC Sudbury from Ryman League Division One North – six divisions higher than the level Lorimer was playing at last season – who snapped him up during the summer.

Lorimer, who celebrated his 21st birthday last month, was invited over to Sudbury by a friend who is involved with the club – and after playing and impressing in three pre-season friendlies he accepted the offer of a one-year contract.

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However, he then rolled his ankle over in training, tearing ligaments and cracking a bone at the bottom of his fibula which ruled him out for the start of the season.

After a month on the sidelines Lorimer, who has previously had spells with Bury Town, Stowmarket Town, Wivenhoe Town and Woodbridge Town, returned to action and scored twice for Sudbury in their 3-2 FA Cup preliminary round victory over St Ives Town last week.

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He said: “I am confident I can do well at Sudbury, but there is always going to be some pressure playing at their level.”

It is not just managers who have taken an interest in Lorimer, who was with Colchester United’s Academy between the ages of nine and 15-years-old.

Suffolk-based sportswear manufacturers Samurai are sponsoring Lorimer, who is nicknamed ‘Bart’ after the Simpsons cartoon character.

Lorimer, who features in their latest catalogue, said: “They have given me training gear and equipment in return for modelling in their brochure and on their website.”

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