Former Ipswich Town striker Richard Logan joins Needham Market
Former Ipswich Town trainee Richard Logan made his debut in Needham Market’s 0-0 draw with Brentwood, at Bloomfields, last night.
Logan played the full 90 minutes as the Marketmen failed to pick up three points against a team languishing near the foot of the Ryman League Division One North table.
“We have got Richard on non-contract terms and we will see where it takes us,” said manager Mark Morsley, who saw Jamie Guy hobble off with a thigh injury and Lee Townrow dismissed fot two yellow cards in the game.
“I know he has been at Bury Town and Mildenhall recently and I feel he may have lost his way a bit.
“No disrespect to either of those clubs but we are a bit of a different kettle of fish and our set-up is different. It just might suit Richard – I hope so.”
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Bury St Edmunds-born Logan has scored goals wherever he has played, although since he left Exeter City in 2012, games have been few and far between.
With ex-League players Jamie Guy, Kem Izzet and Ian Westlake already on board at Bloomfields, Logan’s signing could be seen to be upping the ante of expectation at Needham Market. Something Morsley understands.
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“We very much have a long-term blueprint and much of it is regarding the young academy boys who are coming through,” Morsley said.
“I feel that while I want the youngsters to come through, I want them to come into a squad of experienced ex-professional players, not just a squad of non-league journeymen players.
“At the start of the season the mandate was to try and have an FA Cup run, get the gates up and get in the play-offs.
“The club have always known it might take a season to settle things in. We are not quite settled yet, it’s practically a whole new group of players we have.
“I’m aware of the expectation and even more so now Richard is joining us.
“The problem it can give you is that it gives opponents an edge coming up against the likes of Kemi (Izzet), Jamie (Guy) and Westy (Ian Westlake).”