Morley proudly leads the way as Leamington head to pastures new

It will be a proud moment for everyone associated with Leamington Football Club tomorrow as they begin the latest stage of their remarkable renaissance.

Stephan Morley
Stephan Morley

After six promotions in 13 years, they will walk out at the New Windmill for their first taste of Conference football with former league club Bradford Park Avenue the visitors.

For the loyal band of supporters who kept the club alive during the dark times, it is a day that even they probably never imagined would happen.

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But while the sense of occasion is sure to resonate off the pitch, on it, Stephan Morley will be enjoying his own pinch-me moment.

The left-back has been handed the captain’s armband by manager Paul Holleran following the summer departure of Jamie Hood and, despite his no-fuss approach on the pitch, he said it is an honour he does not take lightly.

“It’s the proudest moment of my career,” said Morley, who counts Hinckley, Kettering Town, Halesowen and Rugby among his former clubs.

“But it won’t change me.

“I’m not one to go ranting and raving, I’ll just play my normal game.

“Some of the lads have said it was a good decision so hopefully I’ll keep it for the season.”

Morley’s performances for Brakes, and his eye for goal, have earned rave reviews and got him noticed higher up the pyramid.

A trial at Conference Premier Mansfield came to nothing and while Morley has not yet given up on breaking into the Football League, he accepts that at 26 time may be running out.

“It’s hard to get into now unless you know someone at a league club,” he said.

“I had the chance to play full-time this season but I’m staying part-time and have started doing a plumbing course and I’m enjoying it.

“If the right thing came up then I’d consider it.

“But at the moment I’m enjoying it with the lads at Leamington.”