By GAVIN CANEY, Sports Reporter
Monday, June 25, 2012
A fortnight after being on the wrong end of a U-Turn, Gary Setchell was celebrating when Kettering-bound Dan Quigley decided to join King’s Lynn Town.
The Long Buckby midfielder signed for the Linnets on Saturday less than two weeks after Lewis Webb, who had penned a deal with The Walks outfit, stunned Setchell by joining Corby Town.
The Lynn manager insists he tried to sign Quigley in May but is delighted that he finally got his man at the weekend - albeit a few weeks later than he had hoped.
Setchell said: “I’m absolutely delighted. He’s exactly what we’ve been missing for the last two years. No disrespect to other players who have played in there but the lads 6ft 2in, is aggressive, covers the ground, is fit - and he scores a goal.
“I tried to get him in early but he had done a deal with Kettering. But their circumstances meant things changed and I’ve beat off other clubs to get him so I’m really pleased.”
Troubled Kettering’s acting-chairman George Rolls confirmed last week that the 22-year-old central midfielder would be playing for them next season.
However, after John Beck replaced Ashley Westwood as the Poppies manager for the forthcoming campaign, Quigley opted to join his former UCL title-winning Buckby team-mates Richard Bunting, his central midfielder partner at Station Road, and Russell Dunkley at The Walks.
Quigley says he is determined to win Lynn fans over after the way he celebrated Buckby’s 2-1 victory over the Linnets in April.
With his side down to 10 men, and needing to win to keep their title hopes alive, the jubilant youngster ripped his shirt off at the final whistle and danced in front of the Linnets large travelling support.
He said: “What happened at Buckby, when I look back at it now, was stupid. But if you’re playing one of those games - it was massive - adrenaline just got the better of me and sometimes you can’t help what you do.
“The fans are so passionate here and it’s the surroundings, and new challenge, that brought me here. Having Russell and Richard here helps but all three of us have come to do a job. I just can’t wait to get started.
“You only need to look at the ground and what it will be like on a match day to know why I’m hungry to get playing. Gary’s seen something in me and I want to repay him with my performances on the pitch. I’ll give 100pc for Lynn and see where it takes us.”
Setchell said it won’t take Lynn fans long to forget that unsavoury incident in the final stages of last season and start cheering Quigley’s name.
He said: “Dan will be judged by what he does on the pitch for King’s Lynn and I’ve spoken to him about it. He’s well aware of what happened but he was a 22-year-old lad playing probably the biggest game of his career and getting a win with 10 men.
“By his own admission he over-reacted but hopefully the supporters will give him a fair shake as I believe he can be a fans’ favourite here. If he does well for King’s Lynn they’ll soon chant his name.”