Loveridge stays put

Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

LAST sea­son’s top scorer James Loveridge has signed a new deal with Llanelli Town.

Loveridge scored nine goals last term as the Reds fought a los­ing bat­tle against rel­e­ga­tion from the Welsh Pre­mier League.

And his de­ci­sion to re-sign has de­lighted man­ager Andy Hill, who is look­ing to put to­gether a squad ca­pa­ble of press­ing for honours in the new­ly­formed JD Cymru South.

Loveridge is blessed with great pace and is a dan­ger in­side the box. His per­for­mances last term en­sured he re­ceived a num­ber of of­fers dur­ing the sum­mer, but he has pledged his fu­ture to the Ste­bon­heath Park club.

Chair­man of the sup­port­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion Mike Hope said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have James back with us.

“He gave Welsh Pre­mier League de­fences a tor­rid time last sea­son, and we can’t wait to watch him do the same in the new Cymru South league.”

Loveridge is the lat­est Llanelli player to agree a new deal with the club. Skip­per Joe Clarke and key de­fender Lee Be­van have put pen to pa­per, while promis­ing goal­keeper Scott Cough­lan is an­other to have signed.

Llanelli con­tinue their pre­sea­son prepa­ra­tions tonight at Pon­tar­dawe Town (6.30pm) and they visit Cardiff Dra­co­ni­ans on Satur­day.

The Reds’ open­ing game in the new Cymru South is on Fri­day, Au­gust 16 at home to Pon­typridd Town.

James Loveridge.

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