Bradbury wants to extend Lewis’ stay with the Hawks

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Lee Bradbury is hoping to extend the loan stay of Ebbsfleet United midfielder Theo Lewis.

The 24-year-old is due to finish his successful two-month loan spell after the game at Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.

Bradbury, however, would love to extend the player’s stay at Westleigh Park and is trying to negotiate a deal with the Kent club.

‘After an unfortunate start at Oxford City when he was sent off he has made a good impression,’ said Bradbury.

‘When he has played he has made a big impact and is getting better and better.

‘He has now played five games on the bounce and is getting his sharpness back.

‘Importantly, he compliments the other players around him like Brian Stock and Scott Donnelly.

‘They have formed a solid unit and his presence has allowed Donnelly to get forward more.

‘It is important to have players who can serve different roles

‘He can play and also likes to get his foot in for a tackle.’

Lewis spent time as a youngster at Chelsea and Reading before signing for Cheltenham Town.

Between 2009 and 2012 he made 43 appearances for the Robins before moving to Salisbury City.

He was a member of the Salisbury side who won promotion via the Conference South play-offs in 2013.

When the Wiltshire club found themselves in financial difficulties he joined Woking and in January of last year moved to Ebbsfleet United.

If Bradbury is unable to extend his stay the Hawks will find their options in midfield limited.

Natural replacement Adrian Clifton is still three to four weeks away from a return after picking up a knee ligament injury.

It has been a frustrating first half of the season for Clifton, who arrived on a two-year deal from Maidenhead United in the summer.

He joined with a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder.

He netted 16 goals for the Berkshire club last season.

After making a solid start the midfield player has struggled to impose himself with any great consistency.

Bradbury admits he has asked the youngster to play in a different role to the one he had at his previous club.

The injury, however, has stalled his progress.

And the Hawks boss is hoping Clifton will return to full fitness soon to give the squad a big boost.

‘At Maidenhead he played in just behind the striker,’ said Bradbury.

‘I have asked him to play in a deeper position for us.

‘He can give us a big presence because he is big and strong on the ball.

‘At the moment he is frustrated and wants to play.

‘He is working hard to try to get himself fit again.

‘With the games starting to come thick and fast we will need everyone in our squad to play their part.’

Defender Jake McCarthy has returned to AFC Bournemouth at the end of his loan spell.

The Hawks will continue their bid to climb out of the bottom three of the Vanarama National League Southwhen they go to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.