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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Defender Sam Gaughran insists it’s King’s Lynn Town’s ambition that persuaded him to drop down a level to re-join his hometown club.
The former Lowestoft Town centre-back turned down an offer to stay with the Ryman Premier League outfit despite impressing at Step Three for the Trawlerboys last season.
However, as Gary Setchell builds a Linnets side he believes is capable of challenging in the Evo-Stik Division One South, the 22-year-old believes he simply won’t be playing Step Four football for long.
Gaughran said: “I may have stepped down a level but having spoken to Setch and seen the ambition of the club we will hopefully be pushing for the title and next season, all being good, will be at Step Three anyway.
“For those who’ll say ‘he shouldn’t have left Lowestoft’, I believe we could be at the same level as them next season, if they don’t go up. I honestly hope they do, but if they don’t, they’ll then be the same level as us anyway
“Every club has ambition and it’s not a case of one club having more than another. But I feel like the people we’re signing and the players we’ve already got here makes Lynn a team that should be moving higher.
“The ambition of the club, the number of fans and everything surrounding Lynn makes it a great club. I really think it can go places.”
The Hunstanton-born defender has always been highly rated after excelling in Lynn’s community scheme before joining Norwich City’s Academy.
He returned to The Walks after being released from the Canaries in 2000 and made his first-team debut in 2006, aged just 16.
Gaughran quickly caught the attention of Peterborough United scouts but left London Road in 2010, following a series of loan moves, and signed for Lowestoft.
After travelling from Lynn to Suffolk to play his football for nearly two years, the Anglia Ruskin University student admits he can’t wait to play closer to home again.
“I used to travel two hours to Lowestoft to play where as now, because I still live in King’s Lynn, the club is right on my doorstep,” said the defender.
“It is a draw to be playing closer to home. It’s quite funny because a lot of my mates have said they haven’t seen me play since I was 16. They’ve said it will be nice to come down and watch me. My family all live around here and they’ll all come and watch too.
“I feel that when I first played for Lynn when I was 16 a lot of people just saw me as a young guy. I’ve been away for six years now and I feel I’ve got something to prove to everyone because I’m a lot better player than I was.
“It is nice to be back at my hometown club, especially as the fans around here are one of the best set of non-league supporters around, so it’ll be nice to play in front of them too.”