Blues coach Harrison off to the Premier League

Bucks Free Press: Lee Harrison (l) with Gareth Ainsworth Lee Harrison (l) with Gareth Ainsworth

WANDERERS coach Lee Harrison is to leave Adams Park to join an undisclosed Premier League club.

The 42-year-old will depart after the Blues’ clash with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday to become technical head of goalkeeping at the as yet unnamed top flight side, Wanderers revealed today.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth led the tributes to Harrison who continued his coaching role while his youngest son, Luke, underwent cancer treatment.

Ainsworth said: “Although he will be sorely missed by everyone, I'm thrilled for him. He's a top guy who deserves this opportunity.

"Both Matt Ingram and Charlie Horlock have come on in leaps and bounds under his watchful eye, but his influence wasn't just limited to the goalkeepers.

"All the players, and both myself and Richard Dobson, have all had the pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic, hardworking and honest guy.

“To make his contribution even more amazing, Lee did all this while his youngest son, Luke, had to have a kidney removed due to cancer.

“I cannot begin to comprehend what he went through but his, and Luke's, strength is something we all came to admire.

"Myself and Dobbo have had some fantastic moments with Harry and rather than losing a colleague, we've gained a true friend."

Wanderers thanked Harrison for his 18 months of service to the club and said a replacement would be appointed and announced in due course.

Harrison, who initially joined the Blues in 2012 as back-up to goalkeepers Nikki Bull and Ingram before gradually moving into coaching, said: "I've had a fantastic 18 months during a tough time for me and my family, which says a lot.

"The support of Gaz, Dobbo, Gary Waddock, the staff and the fans has made that time so enjoyable and I won't ever forget it.

"I'm sad to be leaving Gaz and Dobbo, my two best friends in football, but it's an opportunity that I couldn't turn down."

"I'm delighted that I've been able to help develop Matt and Charlie, who are both superb young goalkeepers. I wish them, the players, staff and supporters all the best."

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