Talented youngster Kane Lewis put pen-to-paper on a deal last week to join Champions TNS. Previously of Brentford FC’s Academy, Lewis attracted attention from the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion and Norwich City. However, with Liverpool joining the race for the defender, he opted for a move north.
Impressing Jurgen Klopp, the then teenager signed a professional contract with the Merseyside giants, becoming a regular in the Reds’ Academy. The Liverpool manager was quoted as being impressed with his “positional play and aerial ability”, while “his reading of the game is excellent”.
Defender Joash Nembhard is a twenty-year-old, who joins The New Saints from Staines Town FC.
Joash had a strong season with the step three side last season, receiving the Man Of The Match award on his debut against Burgess Hill Town.
Central defender is his chosen position and prior to joining Staines Town in July 2017, he spent time at Hendon FC and Chesham United.
"I’m very pleased to sign for TNS and excited for what the future holds for me. I’m looking forward to being involved in European ties and being a part of the ongoing silverware collection that the club seems to be taking part in year after year, trophy after trophy.”
Manager Scott Ruscoe commented:; "Joash is a player that will give us versatility, someone who’s strong defensively but very good on the ball. He had no hesitation in moving from London to play here full time.”
Talented midfielder, Josh Hmami began his career as a youngster with Bolton Wanderers’ academy. He crossed the Pennines where he spent a season with Barnsley FC’s Under-16 squad. He then signed a two-year scholarship with Accrington Stanley, where he captained the Under 18's.
As a seventeen-year-old, he made his senior debut on December 30th against Grimsby Town, while with Accrington he scored the only goal of the game, as his side beat Rochdale 1-0 in the FA Youth Cup.
Hmami will wear the number 18 shirt for the 2018/2019 season, one associated with legendary striker, Mike Wilde, during his Park Hall days and since worn by Mihai Leca and Tom Holland.
Scott Ruscoe commented: “Josh Hmami has earned himself a contract with us after spending the last part of 2017/2018 training with the squad. He is only eighteen and is a very good player, especially in possession of the ball. He has a great attitude and will be someone we will look to improve and develop for the future”.