“I will wear my heart on my sleeve”- George Lataaya

Walthamstow have confirmed their first new signing of the summer, as George Lutaaya joins to boost Max Mitchell’s midfield options.

George spent last season at New Salamis, scoring 12 goals in 26 games, after a brief spell at Waltham Abbey at the start of the season.

He has also played for Barkingside, Ilford, Cheshunt, Northwood and Hertford Town amongst others, and had a spell with Walthamstow in the 2012-13 season, making ten appearances.

We had a chat with Stow’s new signing to find out what we can expect from him, what attracted him to the club and his targets for the upcoming season.

What attracted you to Walthamstow?

I think there are a few things that attracted me to Walthamstow. Max being the manager and knowing him for over 13 years was one of the biggest attractions. Also, with Walthamstow being a local club to me, that was something else that attracted me to the club. I had a phenomenal season last year and a lot of thanks has to go to Terry Spillane, so I’m excited to work with him once again. The structure, plans and personnel made me want to join Walthamstow.

You are an attacking player. What can we expect from you next season?

For me, the target is to get as many goals and assists as possible. I was to play entertaining football and I love to beat defenders. I want to get as many wins on the board as possible.

How much are you raring to go for the new season?

I’m definitely raring to go. I think with the pandemic and not playing football for 4-5 months, it’s been a long wait. I’m excited and can’t wait to be back out on the pitch.

What are your goals and targets for next season?

The main target is promotion. We will achieve that by winning as many games as possible so that is what I will focus on during the season. As a player, I want to contribute to the club’s success with as many goals and assists I can get.

George in action for Barkingside against Stow in 2016

With Walthamstow being a local club, does that give you a sense of added pride when you eventually put on the shirt?

Yeah, definitely. I’m from Edmonton so Walthamstow has always been a local club. The moment I put on the shirt and step out onto the pitch, I will wear my heart on my sleeve and will be playing for the club and the badge. It’s added pressure but I play better under those circumstances.

How much were you sold on the club?

It was a no-brainer. With knowing Max for such a long time, he has always been one of the players I have looked up to. Seeing how ambitious he is as a manager, like when he was a player], was something I wanted to grasp and take on. It was a simple conversation with Max and that’s why I’m here.

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