Mark Lovell looking to win a trophy following move to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Newmarket Town
Striker Mark Lovell has revealed that his close relationship with player-manager Michael Shinn was a leading factor in his decision to agree a move to Newmarket Town.
The Jockeys announced last week that the centre-forward, who ended last season at Step 4 with neighbouring Soham Town Rangers, would be plying his trade at the Bloorie.com Stadium next term.
Lovell only took up football at the age of 28, with Shinn – then in charge of West Wratting – soon taking a chance on a player that ended up joining Haverhill Rovers prior to his Soham switch.
And the frontman is determined to repay that faith by helping Newmarket to win a trophy in what is set to be his last season.
“I was always going to go back and play for Shinny at some stage,” he said. “I decided to take up football at 28 and a lot of people laughed at that. I played a few games for Haverhill Borough Reserves but wanted to challenge myself further.
“Not many people were interested in me but Shinny got me in at Wratting. A lot of people would have thought he was stupid but he showed me exactly how to optimise my strengths and in my first full season we won the Kershaw Premier Division by a record margin.
“Some other clubs were interested now, but if it was not for him I would not be playing so I was always going to end up playing for him at Newmarket.
“I have decided this will be my last year playing at a competitive level due to family and work commitments so I wanted to try and win something as that is what you remember most as a player.
“Step 5 gives me the best chance of doing that and I would love to repay the faith Shinny put in me by helping him do that at Newmarket.”
While the temptation of reuniting proved to be too strong to reject, Lovell nevertheless enjoyed his short spell at Soham.
He made seven appearances for the Greens in the Bostik League North Division between February and the end of April, scoring one goal.
“Soham was great, I really enjoyed the short time I was there,” he added.
“The management team go above and beyond for their players and it is a great group. Looking back I feel I adapted fine with the level.
“If this was not going to be my last year I might have stayed at Step 4.”
Lovell is the second player to have opted to leave Soham this summer, with former Newmarket winger Ally Conway switching to Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Godmanchester Rovers.