WANDERERS new boy Lewwis Spence turned down a new contract at Crystal Palace to link up again with Peter Taylor.

The 20-year-old midfielder rejected a six-moth deal at Selhurst Park to renew his acquaintance with the coach who gave him his Championship debut 18 months ago.

Now he is hoping he can kick on again under his former boss and make up for lost time.

He said: "I could have stayed at Palace and there were a couple of other Football League clubs interested but as soon as I knew Wycombe were in for me it was no contest."

Taylor handed Spence his Championship bow in 2007 but his career has stalled since then. He has failed to add to his three appearances and, after an injury-dogged year, in which he had a double hernia operation, he was loaned out to Palace's feeder club in America.

Now the left footer, who has worked his way up through Palace's Academy to become a mainstay in their reserves, is determined to make up time.

He used to play against the likes of Theo Walcott in academy football.

He said: "When you look at what some other players of my age have done, I've got some catching up to do. I need to be playing first team football now. I think I am still good enough to play in the Championship but I need to prove it.

"I have come here to get regular first team football. It is going to be tough because there are a lot of good midfielders at Wycombe, but I am confident in my ability and I've got a manager who believes in me."

As well as turning his back on Palace, the central midfielder, who can also play wide on the left, turned down two other Football League clubs to sign a two-year deal at Adams Park.

He said: "I can't wait to get started. It is a fresh start and that's just what I need."

He was signed on the same day Blues snapped up 22-year-old midfielder John Mousinho, also on a two-year deal.

And joining the club he has always supported is a dream come true for the former Amersham schoolboy.

Mousinho told Wanderers' website: "It's been my local club since I was quite young so I've been down here a few times and it was the lure of that, plus the chance to work with Peter Taylor, that made me jump at the chance."

Mousinho, who was recommended to Brentford by Martin Allen's son, operated mainly as a midfielder for the Bees but he can also play right back, which is a position Blues are short in following the departues of Sam Stockley and Russell Martin.