FOOTBALL: New Tulip Brownhill eager to get going
When eye-catching signing Lewis Brownhill steps out with Spalding United for the first time it will be one of the few competitive matches he’s played since lifting the FA Vase in May 2018.
Watching at Wembley that day was Tulips assistant manager Lewis Thorogood who kept close tabs on him and secured his services following Brownhill’s switch to Lincolnshire with his RAF role.
The 31-year-old was part of the Thatcham Town squad which won a Vase and Hellenic League Premier Division double. The forthcoming season represents the chance for him to get back playing on a regular basis.
“I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to get started,” Brownhill said. “My favoured position is right wing-back or right-back but I’ve spent a lot of time in midfield.”
Due to work, matches last season were sparse but he did help out younger brother Joel’s side, Northwich Victoria, in their Vase quarter-final win over Sholing in February. And he’s a regular in the UK Armed Forces side which plays in Guernsey this weekend.
Thorogood is thrilled to have landed Brownhill and is sure he will prove a hit with Tulips fans.
“Lewis has a good attitude and is an honest, hard-working player who just wants to play football,” he said. “He has pace and likes to run at players but equally is happy to graft for the team defensively. He’s a good all-round player who we’re happy to have on board.”
The player’s work commitments mean his availability, particularly in midweek, could be limited.
He said: “I’ll be 100 per cent committed at every point I can be available. And if I feel it’s going well at the club and the management are happy to accept my situation I won’t be looking to move anywhere.”
Youngest brother Josh is a midfielder for Championship side Bristol City.