Lewis Toshney Joins Edinburgh City
A busy day on the transfer front sees us confirm the signing of defender Lewis Toshney.
Lewis has terrific experience, having started his career with Celtic, making his Premier League debut in February 2011. He then went on to play more top tier football with loan spells at Kilmarnock and Dundee, then joining Ross County 2014. Following his departure from the Dingwall side, he continued his career in the Championship, with spells at Cowdenbeath, Raith Rovers and Dundee United. During his time at Tannadice his career was hindered by a serious knee injury, which ultimately cut short loan spells at Arbroath and Brechin City. He then signed for Falkirk and latterly Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with the former Scotland u21 skipper leaving the Caley Jags in March this year.
Lewis spoke to ECFC TV and had this to say on his arrival at City:
“I really can’t wait to get started; once I spoke to Gaffer there was no where else I wanted to play. He told me direction the club is heading and I wanted to be apart of it… I have the fire back in the belly and can’t wait to work hard and get myself fit. It might take a few weeks but I am looking forward to getting 100% fit and help the team achieve our goals.”
Boss Gary Naymsith had this to say on adding a second signing of the day and a player of Lewis’ experience:
“Lewis has played at a really good level throughout his career and is someone that is highly regarded within Scottish football. Unfortunately for Lewis though, his career has been plagued with injuries in recent seasons and as I know from my own career, this can eventually take its toll on any player.
After speaking to Lewis at great length, it was clear to me that he still has a real desire to get back playing competitive football and I am delighted that we have been able to agree a deal to bring him to the club that suits all parties. Some people will see it as a risk due to his recent injury problems but for me it is a small risk worth taking. If we can get Lewis back to anywhere near the levels that he is capable off, then we will have a defender at our club who really shouldn’t be playing league two football.
At 29, Lewis is at a great age for us and his experience will help our younger players both on and off the pitch. He can play in a few different positions and I am looking forward to working with him. Like Chris Kane, his fitness is a little behind the rest of our lads and we will work hard with Lewis over the coming weeks to get him up to speed”.
Welcome to City Lewis!