Tavistock complete the signing of Mike Landricombe Experienced defender leaves Saltash for Langsford Park
TAVISTOCK have added some much needed experience to their ranks by recruiting former Plymouth Parkway title-winning captain Mike Landricombe.
The 34-year-old centre back has left Saltash United to join the Lambs on a permanent deal where he is hoping to make it back-to-back promotions from the Southern League Division One South having guided Parkway to the league title last season. While that is looking beyond Tavistock right now, Stuart Henderson’s side are very much in the thick of the race for a play-off place and the Lambs boss hopes Landricombe’s experience will help them over the line in the second half of the season.
“I just felt we have really struggled in the centre half positions with injury and now suspensions, obviously Warren (Daw) and Taylor (Scarff) are suspended and Dan Evans is injured and not back for another three or four weeks,” Henderson said.
“We felt we needed to bring in some reinforcements in that department, Mike was available and we initially signed him as cover, but Mike relished the opportunity to play Southern League football again and he has a good relationship with (first team coach) Shane (Krac) who was instrumental in the transfer as well.
“He has a lot of experience, won the league with Parkway and he’s played the level above with Tiverton, so I think he’ll be a good addition to the squad. I think he has at least two or three years left in him and he will add great experience to a very young squad.”
Landricombe, who left Plymouth Parkway earlier this season to join Western League Saltash United, expressed his delight at the move and says there is no reason why the Lambs can’t finish in the play-off positions this season.
“I’m delighted to get the move done and I am looking forward to getting started. I played in it (Division One South) last season and did well, so it will be nice to get back at it.
“The club are just outside the play-offs at the moment with a game or two in hand, so it’s definitely achievable to make the play-offs and something we should be looking at doing this year.
“From what I have seen, Stu has a very good group at Tavistock with a lot of young players, so maybe it needs an old head to come in and just give a bit of guidance on the pitch.
“I know Stu because I played football with him when I was younger and have been managed by Stu as well and our paths have crossed many times over the years as we played against Tavi a lot as well. Obviously I know Kracy as well from Parkway and then Saltash, but they are both nice guys and I am looking forward to working with them and getting started with Tavi.”
Landricombe will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s huge clash against second-placed AFC Totton at Langsford Park.
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