Centre-back leaves a hole in King’s Lynn Town’s Wall

Stuart Wall. Picture: Ian Burt Stuart Wall. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, May 23, 2014
6:45 AM

Defender Stuart Wall is seeking a new challenge after deciding to leave King’s Lynn Town.

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The centre-back’s career at The Walks started on a massive high when he lifted two player-of-the-season awards during his stunning debut campaign in 2011/12.

However, a serious knee injury saw the 27-year-old go 22 months without pulling on a Linnets shirt until he made an emotional comeback at home to Frickley Athletic on March 22, 2014. Wall went straight into the team that day and was praised for his performance by boss Gary Setchell but only made two more appearances in his side’s remaining six matches.

Now, with the term finished, the Bedford-based player feels it’s time to begin a new chapter away from Norfolk’s biggest non-league outfit.

Wall said in a series of messages on Twitter: “Hard decision to end my time at King’s Lynn Town FC. Would like to thank Gary Setchell (boss), Ross McNeil (coach), Neil Fryatt (assistant) and Buster (Chapman, chairman) for everything.

“Not leaving due to the offer King’s Lynn made but felt I needed to get a fresh start. Thanks for the great support the fans have given me over the three years. It is a club I will always be happy to have been associated with. Good luck next season.”

The former Coventry City youngster made 47 appearances, scoring seven times, during his injury-ridden spell with the Linnets. After having the cruciate ligament rebuilt in his left knee 18 months ago, the classy operator enjoyed loan periods with namely Kettering Town and Bedford before featuring for Lynn one final time.

Setchell said: “I invited him back for pre-season and I told him my thoughts, that it was a fresh start for everyone at the club. If he thought he was good enough to get into the first 11 I told him to come and try and stake a claim.

“But Histon have offered him a contract and with his injury record, in his own words, he said he couldn’t turn it down. It’s security that he will get paid every week – even if he is injured. That was a big pull, and I think he’ll be guaranteed to play every week. I think he’s disappointed to be leaving Lynn and I thanked him for everything he’s done.”

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