We had a chat with new-signing Lewis Francis for the first time since he put pen-to-paper. The ex-Saffron Walden winger spoke about how he came about playing for Stow, who he’s looking forward to playing with and which club he thinks is the best.
Having turned down clubs like Basildon United, how did you come about playing for Walthamstow?
I had offers from clubs a level or two higher but it was an easy decision for me. After speaking to Maxy, I knew I wanted to be here as everything he said was music to my ears and I know he’ll get the best out of me.
What are your aspirations as a player?
I want to play as high as I can but also get as fit as I can. With my old club Saffron Walden, we didn’t train as much so coming here has opened my eyes to a whole different world. After the last few training sessions, I’ve benefitted with fitness and patterns of play.
What are your targets and goals for this season?
If I’m honest, it’s to win the Essex Senior League. Personally, I want to try and get more goals than I did last season – I only got 31 – and as many assists as I can.
Who are you most looking forward to playing with on the pitch?
Callum Ibe and Dwade James. The firepower we have here is unbelievable.
How much of a factor did wanting to play for Ryan play in bringing you here?
It was a massive factor. I know Maxy was onto me last year but I didn’t go to him so as soon as he came for me this time, I couldn’t turn it down. It was literally a no-brainer.
What do you think it’ll be like playing under Ryan Maxwell?
It will be intense. He is one of the managers who will drive you and push you but once I get used to his way of training, it’ll be really enjoyable.
You’ve heard the Rabble sing and cheer on the players, how much do you think that will help you here?
It will help massively. All the support we get from the fans and everyone connected with the club, it’s a massive part in spurring us onto winning the league.
You’ve come from a title rival, do you think you’re at the best club?
100%. This move was a no-brainer. If you look at the squad depth within the starting 11 and on the bench, it is such a strong squad and compared to Saffron Walden, it’s a whole different ball game.
Do you prefer playing as a winger or a striker?
I prefer playing on the wing.