Willie Clemons joins Reggie Lambe at Stowmarket Town
Willie Clemons is relishing the opportunity to reignite his career after agreeing a deal with English non-League side Stowmarket Town.
Having endured a frustrating end to his time with former side Dalkurd, culminating in his contract being terminated in mid-December, after the club suffered relegation to Sweden’s third tier, the 27-year-old has had an agonising wait for another opportunity to get back into the game.
However, to much relief, his patience has finally been rewarded, becoming the second Bermuda international at the Isthmian League North outfit, where he joins compatriot Reggie Lambe, who played an integral role in helping Clemons to finally fulfil his long-held aspiration of playing in England.
“It’s a huge relief for me to have the chance to play again,” said Clemons. “I’ve been desperate for a chance over in the England and having been out of the game for that amount of time, I’m really excited to get going and showing people what I’m all about again.
“I came out to England and had a few trials lined up. Reggie then suggested coming down and training with Stowmarket. I had a few sessions with the squad and I really enjoyed it. I had some good conversations with the manager [Paul Musgrove]; he understands what I’m aiming to do and he wants to help me out.
“I think it is a good move for both myself and the club. I feel like I have a lot to offer and this opportunity is exactly what I needed at the right time. Everything just seemed to fall into place and it’s all worked out perfectly.”
While Clemons, who has been capped 20 times for Bermuda, makes no secret of his desire to play at a higher level, he is adamant the club, who were promoted to Step 4 of the English football pyramid for the first time in their history last season, is ideal environment to make his mark and establish himself.
“I’m really happy just to be back playing club football at a good level again,” added Clemons, who could be in line to make his debut away to Romford tomorrow, should he be granted international clearance in time.
“I’ve made no secret that I want to play at the highest level possible and this is a great start for me to get a chance in England and hopefully play regularly again. That was the key thing for me.
“Hearing what Reggie had to say about the club was enough to convince me it was the right place to be, it gave me a lot of comfort making the decision to join. It will also be great to be playing regularly with Reggie and I’m sure it will be fun going forward.
“The club are also really ambitious. Reggie gave me a bit of a run down about how he has found it and what they are aiming to the achieve. I’ve not been here long but I can already see what they are striving to do.
“It’s also clear that unlike a lot of lower-league teams in England, they want to play the game in the right way and that’s really appealing for me.
“In the training sessions I’ve had with the squad you can see there is a lot of quality and they’ve made we feel really welcome which has really helped.
“The club want to keep progressing as quickly as possible and that’s no different from me. I just can’t wait to get my international clearance through, hopefully by Saturday, and get going again.”
Meanwhile, Musgrove spoke of his delight at securing the acquisition of Clemons, but warned he is prepared to be patient with the midfielder after his prolonged period away from competitive football.
“He wanted to play in England and has aspirations of going higher, but for now he's going to play for us and it gives us a big boost,” said the manager speaking to the Suffolk News website. “He's trained a couple of times and looked very sharp, he's got great feet and is very intelligent on the ball.
“We're excited to see what he can do but he hasn't played for a little while so we will build him up slowly because we don't want him to get injured.
“We've still got some injuries and a couple have departed so we needed to freshen it up. Willie can play in a number of positions but for now we see him playing in the forward areas to cover some of the absences.”