Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris is finally dropping out of full time football, with a two-pronged attack on where his long term career direction is likely to be. The 31 year old departed Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers at the end of last season, and has now turned up at Conference North team Eastwood.
Morris has joined them as a player-coach, having spent the summer getting his UEFA B Licence, and will also turn part time, by going into a joint partnership in a hand tools business. At Eastwood he will be managed by Craig Armstrong, who Morris knows from a spell he had with Huddersfield Town. He has told the Express and Star newspaper that he feels time is catching up on him in terms of his footballing career, and he wants to make plans for the future:
"I wanted to stay at Kidderminster but, for one reason or another, it wasn’t possible. And the gaffer knew all along that I wanted to get into coaching as soon as I can, as I am coming to the end of my career. I have said for a while that going part-time would help me more because I need to train less, I think my body needs a bit more rest than most. I want another couple of years playing football and, hopefully, this will prolong my career a little bit."
Link: Lee Morris : Yeovil Town Statistics.
Meanwhile former striker Wayne Gray has left Chelmsford City, and joined Conference South side Woking. He netted 12 times in 23 appearances for the Essex club last season, but has now moved to one of their rivals, who also have former right-back Danny Hutchins training with them, in his efforts to get himself back into the game, having suffered knee and ankle problems since leaving Yeovil Town. Both players will be working under former Glovers manager Steve Thompson, who made his return to Kingfield in January 2011, signing a two year contract as the assistant to manager Garry Hill.
Link: Wayne Gray : Yeovil Town Statistics.
Link: Danny Hutchins : Yeovil Town Statistics.
Finally Stephen Henderson has completed his move to Portsmouth, signing a three year contract at Fratton Park, with his former club Bristol City accepting an undisclosed compensation offer today, paving the way for him to sign a deal with the Championship side. Henderson has told Sky Sports that it was his failure to break into Bristol City's first team that made him eventually decide to move clubs:
"I was at Bristol City for four years and I just never seemed to be given the chance to break into the first-team every year. I'm 23 now and I felt that this was my chance to join a club that are on the up and have all the ingredients for success. It is a bit different (at Portsmouth) because David James was pretty much guaranteed his place at Bristol City, but I've come here to play football. I've trained with Jamie Ashdown this week and he is a good keeper, but I've not come here just to make up the numbers and I'll be doing everything I can to claim the jersey and keep it for as long as possible."
Link: Stephen Henderson : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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