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Newmarket Town recruit Josh Lee from Mildenhall Town and former Hadleigh United defender Jake Eady





Newmarket Town manager Michael Shinn has continued his squad build for the upcoming Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season with the arrival of two more new players.

Earlier this summer the Jockeys announced the arrivals of Ash Walter and Andy Ballaster, who joined the club from Ely City and Histon respectively.

And Shinn’s options have now been further boosted after agreements were reached with Josh Lee and Jake Eady.

Josh Lee has joined the Jockeys from neighbouring Mildenhall Town. Picture: Mark Westley
Josh Lee has joined the Jockeys from neighbouring Mildenhall Town. Picture: Mark Westley

Young attacker Lee has signed from neighbouring Mildenhall Town, for whom he scored five goals from 36 appearances last season.

“Josh gives us some pace in behind. At times last season everything we did involved coming short because we didn’t really have that outlet in behind,” said Shinn.

“But now with (Jordan) Foster, (Ben) Robinson, Josh and (Jacob) Mingay we’ve got that ability to stretch teams and he’ll (Lee) be a big part of that.

Jake Eady has joined Newmarket Town after stints with Hadleigh United and Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: Mark Westley
Jake Eady has joined Newmarket Town after stints with Hadleigh United and Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: Mark Westley

“We approached him at the start of the summer but he wanted to see what was happening at Mildenhall. When we saw who Mildenhall had been bringing in we approached it a bit deeper to see if there was more of a chance.

“In fairness Weaves (Phil Weavers, Mildenhall manager) has been great. We had a conversation and managed to get it done.”

Eady, meanwhile, has put pen to paper at Newmarket after spells with fellow Premier Division clubs Hadleigh United and Walsham-le-Willows last term.

Speaking about the defender, who can play either at left-back or centre-back, Shinn added: “He’s a really good character. From the second he came in he’s been a leader.

“He’s a powerful player that will give us some good balance on the left-hand side and he can also play left-sided centre-half, which gives us more options in the way we can play.

“We’re really pleased to have him with us, he’s exactly the type of character we’ve been looking for. We want leaders, we want people that can be aggressive but can also play and players that can also meet the physical demands of a season – Jake can certainly do that.”

The duo both featured during Tuesday night’s home friendly against Cambridge United’s Under-18s, who ran out 4-2 winners at the Tristel Stadium.

Twice Newmarket fell behind, but on each occasion they got themselves level through Matt Hayden. The striker’s first goal of the evening was a neat near-post finish, while his second equaliser came from the penalty spot.

However, the home side had no response to the two goals that the young U’s scored late in the second half.