July 30 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Gary Setchell is pleading with Andy Hall and David Bell to ignore the money-men and stay at King’s Lynn Town.
The in-demand players are expected to give the Linnets a decision on their future in the coming days after attracting plenty of interest outside of Norfolk. Yet Setchell hopes the atmosphere, which allowed the pair to flourish at The Walks last season, will be enough to prevent them from walking out on Town.
Lynn’s boss said of former Norwich City ace Bell: “Belly’s obviously very well sought after. He’s a very close friend of mine away from football. I’ve known him since he was 16. I’m hopeful but I’m not confident.
“I’ve offered him a deal. We were very fortunate to get him last year for the time we had him. I’m tugging on his heartstrings. I’m hoping he’s earned enough money through his career to not go chasing the money anymore.
“Belly’s being totally honest. He’s just giving himself time to think. The biggest thing for Belly is he wants us to keep progressing if he’s staying. So I’m working hard.”
The classy midfielder arrived in January after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent at Notts County. He scored once in 14 appearances but helped himself to a number of sublime assists.
Hall himself only joined Lynn last summer and impressed in a number of positions. He was Lynn’s second top goalscorer having found the net 13 times in 52 outings.
Setchell said: “I’ve offered him the deal, a good deal. He’s another one that is sought after by lots of clubs.
“The ball is in Hally’s court. Hopefully he enjoyed it enough down here last year. But we’re not in a position to be held to ransom by any footballer. I offer the deal that I think is workable within our budget.”
Hall’s former club Stamford are thought to be among a number of outfits chasing his signature.