Chairman’s delight at Blyth deal

Leamington chairman Jim Scott believes the signing of striker Jacob Blyth on a season-long contract is a win-win situation for the club.

Blyth has undergone a meteoric rise since first catching the eye at Midland Combination Premier outfit Nuneaton Griff.

Eighteen goals in 46 appearances earned him a switch to Bedworth where he netted a further ten before joining Brakes in January.

After struggling to force his way past first-choice pairing James Rowe and Luke Corbett, a string of mature performances towards the end of last season attracted attention from several clubs higher up the pyramid.

And, with three goals already in pre-season, Scott says the decision to tie the 18-year-old to a contract was a prudent one.

“There are two issues,” said Scott. “It’s security for us. We know we are not going to lose the player early and it will help us build for the future.

“It means that even if he chooses to move on, because he is under contract, we would get some kind of recompense which would enable us to get a replacement in.

“It’s also great to have a talented lad on the books.

“But we wouldn’t stand in his way either if the right opportunity came along. We want him to go as high as he can.”

Despite Brakes’ faith in Blyth being reflected in his contract award, Scott is loathe to predict just how far the teenage striker can go.

“He’s still a young lad and you’re not quite sure how he will be in terms of consistency.

“He’s progressed so quickly and if he continues to progress it looks promising but there are no guarantees.”

Meanwhile, Championship side Birmingham City have confirmed they will be bringing a reserve- team squad to the New Windmill for tomorrow’s friendly (3pm).

A busy week of pre-season action continues with a visit to Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday night before Brakes entertain a Coventry City XI on Wednesday (both 7.45pm).