Phillips finally gets his man as Lingouba signs and Coveney departs in the hunt for first team football
Matlock Town have tonight announced the signing of Cesaire Lingouba, a 25 years old midfielder from NPL Premier Division rivals Witton Albion.
Lingouba, of Congo nationality, began his career at Stalybridge Celtic before moving to Droylsden. He joined Witton in 2016/17, last season making 32 appearances.
Manager Paul Phillips says Lingouba had been on his radar for some time.
“We watched him last season when he was with Witton and identified him as a player who could do well for us. He’s a good, strong holding midfielder, at present we only have Mark Lees in there that can do that job. We’ve got more midfielders that specialise in going forward, so it’s important that we get someone who’s athletic and can sit in there, he’ll be able to play a massive part for us especially away from home.”
Lingouba’s signing was too late for him to be eligible for tomorrow’s FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round trip to Grantham.
Meanwhile, the Gladiators have released another midfielder, Joe Coveney. A former Manchester City youngster, Coveney spent last season at Colne before joining the Gladiators in the summer.
“He wants regular football, that’s totally understandable, he’s a great lad but I can’t promise him the game time he wants for we’re well catered for in the attacking midfield positions. He leaves with our best wishes for the future” Phillips added.