Slate Wiped Clean for New Martyr Philpott
Byline: Mark Bloom Soccer Writer
MERTHYR Tydfil boss John Lewis believes that new signing Dean Philpott has been something of a marked man for League of Wales officials.
Centre-back Philpott has an unwanted hat-trick of being sent off three times already this season - a startling statistic.
And he has a growing reputation of being a player who tests the officials' patience, and the rule book, to the maximum.
But the experienced Lewis is convinced that Philpott is better suited to the Dr Martens League than he is to the League of Wales style of play.
"I had no problems signing Deano, because I know he can do a job for this football club, and that's all that matters to me, " said Lewis.
"He starts with a clean sheet as far as I am concerned, and hopefully, as far as the officials are concerned.
"When Dean was with Merthyr last season he played around a dozen games without a single booking, and that speaks volumes for him as a player and a person.
"But he has a reputation similar to striker Simon Tyler, who was very much like Dean - very strong, very committed and gave everything to the club he was playing for at that particular time.
"Referees sometimes have it in for people like that, and before you know it, a reputation starts and the player cannot tackle without getting a booking, or even worse. …