Former Leicester star Lewis signs for new-look Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 07:06 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Junior Lewis comes away with the ball as Vince Rispoli looks on

Junior Lewis comes away with the ball as Vince Rispoli looks on

IT S a long way from playing in front of over 60,000 fans at Old Trafford in 2001, but Junior Lewis has decided to pull on a WGC shirt this season, reports John Hutchinson. During his time at Leicester City, Lewis came up against the best, plying his trad

Junior Lewis on the ball for Welwyn Garden City

IT'S a long way from playing in front of over 60,000 fans at Old Trafford in 2001, but Junior Lewis has decided to pull on a WGC shirt this season, reports John Hutchinson.

During his time at Leicester City, Lewis came up against the best, plying his trade in the Premier League.

And the former Hull City, Gillingham and Brentford ball-winner is set to muck in as the Citizens look to move away from the South Midlands Football League Premier Division drop zone.

New manager Del Deanus has used his vast array of contacts in the game to persuade Lewis to join the Herns Lane club, and he is also set to help out with the coaching side.

The 34-year-old is currently employed as a first-team coach at League Two club Wycombe Wanderers, but Deanus is happy to have the midfielder available when it fits in.

"Junior is a great acquisition for us, he can bring so much to the squad here," said the Citizens boss.

"He will also be a great help in training, and his experience will be brilliant for the squad to benefit from.

"The standard of his coaching and training is high, and to get him involved in games is an added bonus."

In his first game for City on Saturday against Chalfont St Peter, Lewis was the stand-out player for the hosts, consistently on hand to break up the visitors' attacks.

In 1999, Lewis was turning out for Ryman Premier side Hendon, before making a switch to Kent to play for the Gills.

The fairytale was complete when Peter Taylor took the Wembley-born man to Leicester City, where he went on to make 15 appearances in the top-flight of the English game.

At one stage in his Foxes career, there was even talk of an England call-up after a series of impressive performances, but that opportunity was disrupted by injury.

The much-travelled holding midfielder has a wealth of experience, having also played for Brighton and Swindon.

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