ONE of the most unlikely transfer deals has taken place after former Brakes skipper Jamie Hood confirmed he will be returning to the club from Barwell.
The likeable defender helped lead Brakes to the Southern League Premier Division title back in 2013 and went on to make 112 appearances for the club since joining in September 2010 from Halesowen Town.
Hood left supporters disappointed when he moved to Barwell in 2013 but news of his return will be met with joy.
And manager Paul Holleran firmly believes that the return of Hood along with Tony Breeden, who also returns to Brakes, will help bring much-needed stability to his side next season.
“Over the past couple of weeks it became apparent that Jamie (Hood) would like to come back to Leamington,” said Holleran.
“I was looking for that type of player, somebody who is a bit of a warrior and a leader, and I think that in signing the likes of Jamie and Tony it just gives us a little bit more backbone and experience, something that was missing at times last year and I think it will help some of the younger players at the club as well.
“We’re delighted to have him back, I enjoyed working with him last time and am looking forward to working with him this season.”
Hood scored five goals in 112 appearances during his first spell with Leamington before moving to Barwell.
In his two seasons at Kirby Road, Hood clocked up 82 appearances and scored three goals, including one in the 2-1 victory over Coalville Town in the Westerby Cup Final at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium at the end of May.
He will be a prime candidate to replace the out-going Danny Newton as club captain once again at the New Windmill Ground.