New Caernarfon Town goalkeeper Lewis Brass cannot wait to get involved in the club’s quest to qualify for Europe.
Brass, 24, has been drafted in for the rest of the 2020-21 season by Canaries boss Huw Griffiths after a midweek injury ruled regular glovesman Josh Tibbets out of action.
The new keeper will have to wait for his debut as he is serving a two-match suspension, so misses the Cofis’ Cymru Premier Championship Conference clash at Bala Town tomorrow, plus the home game versus The New Saints next Tuesday.
Tyler French will be in goal for the trip to Maes Tegid, but Brass comes into contention for next Saturday’s visit to Penybont.
Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Brass spent time at Darlington’s Academy before moving to Carlisle United and then on to Workington and Gateshead prior to a successful stint at current Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads.
He originally joined the Nomads in January 2019, making his debut at Bala in 2018/19 before playing a pivotal role in the club’s European success over Kilmarnock at the start of 2019/20.
In his first full season at Deeside Stadium, Brass kept 20 clean sheets in all competitions, conceding just 28 goals as Nomads went on to win the JD Cymru Premier along with the Nathaniel MG Cup.
However, his contract with the club was terminated last November. In the meantime he has been training with a full-time club to stay in shape.
In an exclusive interview with Caernarfon Town chairman Paul Evans, Brass said the chance to come to The Oval arrived out of the blue when manager Griffiths called him yesterday.
“It was a big surprise – a good surprise – that’s come very late on in the season,” said Brass.
“I wasn’t expecting to be playing till next season and I’m over the moon to know I can finish off the last month and a half/two months of the season with Caernarfon.
“After the split, when it becomes top six, there isn’t an easy game, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing up to the play-offs and then hopefully qualifying for Europe.”
Brass became somewhat notorious to Canaries fans following an end-of-game scuffle last November where the keeper was red carded after wrestling Noah Edwards to the ground. Connah’s Quay edged a 2-1 win at The Oval.
He recalled: “It was a very tough game, a lot of good but fair tackles going in, but things were getting heated.
“Caernarfon took the lead and it put pressure on us. Eventually we went 2-1 up near the last minute and there was an incident in the middle of the pitch.
“You have to be a little bit mad to be a goalkeeper and I got involved. I was just defending my team-mates and a little bit of wrestling came out.”
All will be forgiven for sure when Brass meets the Cofi Army, club officials and his new team-mates.
Brass added: “I know it (Caernarfon Town) has a huge following, very very loyal diehard fans that travel very far to away games and they get huge crowds in for the home games (when the fans are allowed back into stadiums).
“It’s a very tough place to go on a wet Tuesday night – they’ve built a little fortress. I’m really looking forward to playing there.
“Winning the title with Connah’s Quay and qualifying for and playing in the Champions League was a great experience.
“The Welsh Premier is a very good league – anyone can beat anyone. Now I’m hoping for more success with Caernarfon.”
Bala Town v Caernarfon Town – Saturday, April 17 (5.15 pm)
Michael Parker and Jack Kenny are due to return for Caernarfon’s trip to Maes Tegid having missed the 6-1 midweek walloping against Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Defenders Gareth Edwards and Joe Williams remain injury doubts, with the former believed to have more chance of featuring than the latter.
Caernarfon won 2-1 at Maes Tegid last month in phase one.