25th Nov, 2020

Moors swoop for Aussie Miccio

Liam Moakes 16th Jul, 2020

JIMMY Shan has added another exciting prospect to his pool of Solihull Moors players ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

Twenty-one-year-old left-back Lewis Miccio has joined on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year.

The Australian-born defender is no stranger to Shan having impressed in training with Kidderminster Harriers at the start of the year, before signing for them until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Born in Sydney, Miccio relocated to New Zealand with his family at the age of just three. When he was 16, they were on the move again – this time back to Oz and the Central Coast of New South Wales.

He joined and made a big impression at NPL NSW side Manly United. Since coming over to England in September last year, Miccio has been knocking on the door of various clubs and is now pleased to have secured his move to Moors.

He said: “I feel very happy to be here. It’s a really exciting club with good aspirations for the season, which meet mine as well.

“The club want to move up the divisions and, speaking to the manager, he’s got a really good view of what he wants.

“As an individual I have to perform first and I want to give it my all for the club.”

The Moors boss added: “Lewis is a left-back who has a similar playing style to Ben Chilwell. Lewis came to the UK having been invited to trial at a number of EFL clubs.

“Lewis has a very good technical ability and is very athletic. His mentality and hunger to develop is outstanding.”

Miccio’s arrival follows hot on the heels of defender Reiss McNally’s return to the club on a two-year deal.

The 19-year-old was previously part of the set-up at Moors and signed first team forms under Liam McDonald in March 2017.

He featured throughout pre-season in both 2017 and 2018, before moving to Guiseley in National League North for the 2019/20 campaign.

McNally went on to make 35 appearances across all competitions for the Lions as they ended the season in ninth position – narrowly missing out on the play-offs under former Moors boss Marcus Bignot.

He was named as the Players’ Player of the Season and also picked up the Young Player of the Season award to cap an impressive year.

On returning to Moors, McNally said: “It feels good and I can see how much the club has improved, so it’s great to be back.

“I learnt a lot last season, not just physically, but tactically as well. Hopefully in the upcoming season I can apply that here and do the same as I did last season.

“The club’s ambition going into next season is really good with the aim of going into the Football League, so hopefully we can achieve that.”

Shan said: “Reiss came through the club’s F&E programme before moving to Guiseley last season in National League North.

“He had a fantastic season and was on standby for England C in March. He is a young, local talent who can operate as right-back or right-sided centre-back, extremely athletic and has a real mentality to defend.”

Moors shall be responsible for the payment of compensation – to be determined by an FA League Appeals Committee – for McNally’s move.

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