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By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Friday, June 8, 2012
While they may be lacking in the height department, King’s Lynn Town’s latest additions certainly tower above most when it comes to the size of their ambition.
Tiny duo, returning midfielder Steve Spriggs and former Lowestoft Town striker Jamie Forshaw, were unveiled as Gary Setchell’s newest summer signings on Monday night.
Both will bring more than just lightning-quick pace, goals and a direct approach to a Lynn side that so dearly lacked it when Spriggs left the club in March to play professional football in Sweden.
The former Cambridge United Academy star, whose dad Steve is the U’s record appearance holder, insists he is desperate to carry on where he left off at The Walks – namely scoring 45 goals, from out wide, in just 97 appearances.
The 23-year-old said: “It was a simple decision to come back. I spoke to a few other clubs, but I always knew when I returned to England I wanted to sign for Lynn.
“I needed to sit down with the gaffer because I think he had a few issues regarding my commitment. We ironed that out and I’m just glad to be back.
“It was difficult when I was out in Sweden because I became a fan. All of my friends play for the team, my mum and dad still came and watched, so it was horrible to see the lads get pipped to the post by Buckby.
“Maybe there’s a little bit of guilt that I went away and left the team in the lurch. At the same time it was an experience I wanted to do, playing abroad and being a professional. I had to look out for myself, and I don’t regret doing it as I enjoyed it and learnt so much. Out there, football’s so different. You watch Spanish football on TV and it’s no different in Sweden. It’s such a slow pace and teams concentrate on being technical and passing the ball.
“It’s not as physical as here and I missed that, even though I’m not the most physically-gifted player and I don’t like to tackle so much, but I did miss the hustle and bustle of playing in England.
“Whether I’ve come back as a better player, I suppose time will tell, but I got fit out there. I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing Step Four football.”
Like Spriggs, Forshaw, 21, arrives with experience of the professional set-up having played youth football for Norwich City and Southend United. He also gained a Scottish under-16 cap before joining Ebbsfleet and then Ryman League Lowestoft Town.
The hungry forward still harbours hopes of returning to the pro game, and is prepared to drop down a level to try and get more starts to impress potential suitors.
Forshaw said: “It’s a new exciting challenge for me to come and play here. I know a few of the lads and King’s Lynn are an ambitious club. They want to go higher – it’s the first thing the manager said to me – and it’s a good place to be. It’s a big club and there’s 700 plus fans at home games.
“Sam Gaughran’s come across with me. I know Jordan Yong and Danny Beaumont was at Norwich with me. I spoke to a few of them. I’ve done my homework on Lynn and the manager’s done his homework on me.
“I’d like to get some more first-team football. I really enjoyed myself at Lowestoft.
“It was a good club, a good bunch of lads, and it was tough to leave. Hopefully I can come here, play games, score goals and show what I can do.
“I’m at the period in my career where I need to step on and go forward now. This is the right place for me to be next season. If I can play as many games as I can, score as many goals as I can, then hopefully I can step on as I’ve still got aspirations to get back into the full-time game.
“I’ve heard a lot about Russell Dunkley. He’s a big man, obviously I’m not too tall, but he’s got what I haven’t and I’ve got what he hasn’t. We can work off each other as he’ll hold the ball up and I can run off him. I think we could be a dream partnership.
“I just want to get my head down and hopefully come that first league game I’ll be in the starting 11.”
With a stronger-looking spine than last season, and two eager-to-impress whippet-like attacking players, Lynn already look a better bet than they did to make a positive impact in the Northern League come August.