Jamie Lucas returns to Woodspring Stadium

PUBLISHED: 10:22 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:22 21 June 2018

Jamie Lucas with the Vanarama South Player Of The Month award for February.

Jamie Lucas with the Vanarama South Player Of The Month award for February.

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Manager Marc McGregor believes Weston-super-Mare have assembled a ‘formidable’ striking duo after securing the signature of Jamie Lucas – who appears set to partner last season’s top scorer Gethyn Hill.

Jarrad Welch has inked a new one-year contract. Picture: Will.T.PhotographyJarrad Welch has inked a new one-year contract. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Former Bristol Rovers starlet Lucas joins the club for the third time after enjoying two prosperous loan spells in the 2014-15 campaign which saw him net 12 goals in 21 games in BS24.

The 22-year-old joins on a 12-month contract.

The highlight of the Welshman’s previous stints with the Seagulls was a sublime hat-trick in a 4-3 win at Bishop’s Stortford in February 2015 – which saw him claim the National League South player of the month crown (pictured above).

Since leaving the Woodspring Stadium, Lucas has played for National League outfits Woking and Boreham Wood, in addition to turning out for Somerset rivals Bath City.

Weston boss McGregor believes landing Lucas’ signature is a statement of intent ahead of the preseason – and excited at the prospect of pairing him with 19-goal top scorer Hill.

He said: “This is a major signing for us and Jamie will link up with Gethyn to provide a formidable partnership.

“We’ll need more goals next season and Jamie fits the bill brilliantly.

“We have worked hard to obtain Jamie’s signature on a contract as a number of clubs were very interested in him.”

The Seagulls have also secured the signature of creative spark Jarrad Welch (pictured inset) on a new one-year contract.

The Welsh teenager netted six goals last term, and big things are expected of the fiery midfielder.

McGregor added: “He is a young man who could break into the Football League if developed in the correct way.

“I have rewarded his effort and potential with a contract although if he continues to develop we could see league clubs knocking on our door.”

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