New-boy Jepson looking to pull the strings for King’s Lynn Town

James Jepson, right, in action against King's Lynn Town - who he joined on Thursday - earlier this term. Picture: Ian Burt James Jepson, right, in action against King's Lynn Town - who he joined on Thursday - earlier this term. Picture: Ian Burt

Saturday, February 23, 2013
12:25 PM

Playmaker James Jepson is looking forward to weaving his magic for King’s Lynn Town – rather than against them.

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The former Gresley midfielder has featured twice against the Linnets this term, including his side’s 2-1 defeat to Gary Setchell’s men last weekend, but this week completed a switch to the Norfolk high-fliers.

The 30-year-old was the star of the show when the Moatmen drew 2-2 at The Walks in October. And despite rejecting an initial approach from Setchell, Jepson admits he couldn’t turn him down a second time.

The Leicester-based player, in line to make his Lynn debut at home to Newcastle Town this afternoon, said: “I stayed loyal to Gresley, but looking back maybe I should have gone. I suppose when the interest was shown again, I thought it might not come again, so I took it with both hands.

“You walk in here and see the stadium, they’ve got some good players and there’s the manager – it’s just a good club. It’s where I want to be and I’m looking forward to playing. I’m sure there’s a lot of midfielders in my position, but I’ve got to come here and earn my shirt and get in the side. I’ve not been assured anything by the manager and I’m here to help the team. I hope I can as I like to get on the ball, pass, get it out wide and create chances.”

Jepson, who lists Notts County and troubled Hucknall Town among his former clubs, joined Gresley in October 2011 and helped the Moat Ground outfit, like Lynn, gain promotion to Evo-Stik Division One South last season.

Setchell believes the creative player’s arrival will give the fourth-placed Linnets another boost as they look to make it six league wins from six in 2013 and strengthen their bid to finish in the top five.

The Lynn manager, who also brought former loanee Sam Mulready back to The Walks on a permanent basis, said: “I knew James regretted not coming and I think he’ll be a good signing for us. To be fair to him he stayed loyal to his club as he’s had over 12 or 14 seven-day approaches come in for him over the last two years. But we’ve managed to prize him away.

“He feels the time is right and he’s given it every chance at Gresley. I was already confident we’ll make the play-offs, but you can never have enough good players at your football club.”

Richard Bunting (suspended) and Dan Buhlemann (work) are unavailable for Newcastle’s visit.

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