Leon the Lamb leaves ‘home’ for Conference North outfit

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Tamworth have won the race to sign goalscoring phenomenon Leon Mettam, who says Worksop Town felt like home.

The striker attracted interest from a number of professional clubs, after finding the net 50 times for Tigers last season.

But the Lambs, relegated from the Conference Premier and looking to bounce straight back up, put what Mettam called the best realistic deal on the table.

Speaking to the Guardian after signing a two-year contract, he said: “They’re a decent club, they’ve shown massive interest in me even before Worksop went wrong and I’ve got a really good deal.”

“From the realistic offers I had it was the best – I have a full-time job, I’m 27 and I’ve got a little one who lives with his mum – the offers that would have meant moving around weren’t right for me.”

Mettam will be joined at Tamworth by fellow ex-Tiger Shane Clarke.

He said: “The gaffer asked if I knew any athletic central midfielders who could get around the pitch and I told him about Shane, and luckily for me it’s worked out because I’ve got one of my mates coming with me, and a travelling partner.”

With four other former Worksop 2013/14 squad members in the Conference North, Mettam is relishing some reunions next season.

“I’m quite looking forward to getting Conor Higginson sent off at Gainsborough,” he quipped.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve spoken to Dents (Tom Denton) and he’s hoping we meet in the first game.”

“It will be interesting with him at North Ferriby, expected to do well and Shane and I at Tamworth looking to get the club back up again.”

But amid the excitement of the move, he admitted to feeling sadness at the plight of his former club.

“Last season was the first time in my career I’ve really felt at home, and loved by everyone at the club and that rubbed off on me,” he said.

“As skipper I tried to pass that on to the boys, so they’d enjoy coming to training and winning games for the club.”

“We gave the fans one of the best seasons they’ve probably ever seen.”

“And I’ve got a friend for life in the gaffer (Mark Shaw).”

“When we first met he said he had heard we might not get on, but we never had a single disagreement.”

“His plan is to get two promotions in a row and that could open the door for all the boys to come back.”

“If he does that he’ll be a hero around town and he deserves it because he’s doing the club proud.”

Mettam scored 73 goals in 87 appearances for Tigers over two seasons.