22-year-old Lewis Ward joins the Grecians from Championship club Reading
Exeter fans can sleep easy tonight, they've signed a goalkeeper!
Lewis Ward joins City on a permanent deal - he'll replace former goalie Christy Pym between the sticks for the 2019/20 season.
The 6ft 5in keeper, who had spells on loan at Northampton Town and Forest Green Rovers last season, says he's delighted to be joining somewhere permanently. Having met with Grecians manager Matt Taylor last week, he knew Exeter was the right place for him.
"I just got a good vibe from the place,” he said. “I met the manager last week and he just gave me a real incentive to join. He said it is a real, family-based club and everyone is really together in the dressing room and that just made me really want to join.”
“It is nice to have a home. That is kind of what the gaffer gave me in terms of the feel of the place. I have never been to a place where I have felt at home and felt part of the dressing room because I obviously knew I was always going back to Reading. However, now it is time for me to leave and make my stamp on my own club now.”
Matt Taylor, added: “He is a good size and he has got really good attributes. I think he is ready in terms of coming down and nailing a number one spot at a club.
“He has had experience of the league, on loan at Northampton first and foremost where he didn’t get too much game time, but then at Forest Green where he played a dozen games or so .