Sysum returns to Longlevens in first role since announcing retirement

Former Gloucester City, Cirencester Town and Evesham United defender Matt Sysum has returned to Longlevens as part of the club’s coaching setup for the 2018/19 season.

A statement from the club said:

Longlevens are pleased to announce the return of local defender Matt Sysum, who will be added to the sides first team coaching set up for the forthcoming season.

Having started his football career with Longlevens, Sysum returns for what will be his first time back with the football club in a full time manner, however this time in a slightly different capacity.

Sysum will return as a first team coach supporting Mark Moore’s current coaching side. “We’ve been trying to get Matt in for some time now as with his playing experience he is well placed to take the side forward and add valuable experience and nouse to the dressing room” said Moore.

Sysum has a vast amount of experience at Southern League level, representing Gloucester City, Cirencester Town, Evesham United, North Leigh and most recently Westfields, captaining the latter 4 clubs during his time there.

However with the recent expectancy of twins with his partner, Sysum has decided to step away from playing commitments and return to the Hellenic Premier club to support on the training pitch.

“Since leaving the club at a young age, it’s always had a place in my heart and I always thought that maybe one day there would be a way back to the club for me” Sysum said.

“I’ve played for the club a few times over the years, but have always wanted to play as high as I can, however this time is slightly different with the birth of my children round the corner. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the coaching side of things and hopefully can pass on some of the playing experience I have gained over the years.”

Sysum is one of a number of additions that Moore plans to make to his playing squad this summer – as reflected at the back end of the last campaign. “We have a number of new faces lined up for when we start the season, a few of which we are still working on. With the faces we have lined up and the young lads we have already involved within the club, Sysum’s experience and additional support will prove imperative to kick us forward.”

Longlevens kick off their pre season on Wednesday 20 June at Saw Mills End, where they will once again be joined by Titan Training and Nutrition to support their pre season preparations. 18:30 start.