Former Ipswich Town trainee Josh Lucraft looking for the right fit
‘The next move has to be the right one’ – that is Josh Lucraft’s thought process as he plots which club would best suit his approach.
The midfielder left Diss Town in late 2019 for Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Haverhill Rovers, before making a sideways move to Walsham-le-Willows.
He turned out nine times for Trevor Collins’ side in 2020/21 before leaving to make a couple of appearances in the Anglian Combination Premier Division for Scole United prior to the most recent lockdown.
Nevertheless, the Eye-based former Ipswich Town trainee still has aspirations to play at the highest level possible.
“I really enjoyed it at Walsham. At the start of the season I was playing regularly, but as it went on I found I was playing less and less,” said the 19-year-old.
“I was on the bench and then not getting on, so after having a chat with the manager I decided to move because I wanted to play regularly.
“There was a bit of interest from Thurlow Nunn League clubs but I just wanted to enjoy my football for a little bit, especially because it looked like a lockdown was coming.
“Scole were keen and it made sense because I didn’t want to just jump at the first couple of opportunities that came along.
“I really enjoyed it at Scole and it was probably the best football I played all season in that short time.”
As a ball-playing midfielder that looks to dictate proceedings, Lucraft feels it’s important that his next team matches up with his playing style, with the major aim being to lay down some roots.
He added: “I was happy at Diss and only left to play at a higher level. The manager left at Haverhill which made it tough and then I enjoyed it at Walsham before not getting in.
“It’s felt like the reasons for having to move have been out of my hands a little bit.
“We obviously can’t play at the moment, so it’s about waiting to see which clubs get in contact and then maybe training with a few to see what is going to work best.
“I don’t want to rush into anything because I don’t want another season where I have to move halfway through it.
“I want to settle down with a side that can bring out the best in me and really show what I can do.”
While all team sport has been suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions, the former Hartismere School pupil has been putting his spare time to good use.
He’s been keeping himself sharp, as well as working on his core strength.
“It’s important I get stronger,” he said. “I’m naturally fit and although I’ve been doing some fitness stuff, I’ve been mainly working on the weights to help bulk up a little bit.
“It’s hard having no football to play but I’m keeping as sharp as possible.”