King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell admits he was stunned when Lewis Webb announced he was leaving The Walks – less than a fortnight are re-joining the club.

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The Linnets manager, who shook hands with the 22-year-old on a return to Lynn on May 29, received a phone call he certainly wasn’t expecting from the midfielder on Friday night.

Instead of discussing pre-season plans Webb dropped a bombshell that he was leaving the Evo-Stik Division One South newboys to join Corby Town.

Setchell said: “I’m bitterly disappointed. I’d done the deal with Webb. He’d signed the forms to register him at King’s Lynn even if he hadn’t signed Evo-Stik forms, which we haven’t yet got.

“We’d done the handshake, which I value a lot, and said all the right things to me and in his press interviews.

“But I suppose that’s football. You can’t put every player on contract because you quickly get yourself in financial trouble. You just have a certain amount of trust in players and Webby let me down.

“I started out to get my targets early and Lewis was one of them. I thought he was going to be a very good player at Step Four, or even Step Three, for us.”

Webb, pictured, whose first spell at The Walks lasted about six months before the club was wound up in the High Court, returned, temporarily, after winning back-to-back titles with St Neots Town.

Before telling Setchell he was leaving to play for Blue Square North Corby, the tenacious midfielder said he was delighted to return as he had “unfinished business” at The Walks.

His departure leaves a hole in the Linnets’ midfield options and Setchell admits he will be looking to bring in reinforcements.

The Lynn boss said: “I was hoping to have my business done but now I’ll start talking to players again and have to keep working hard into June.

“Lewis Webb has made his decision. He was offered good money and a level of football we couldn’t offer. Now we must get on with it. I’m looking to bring someone else in but we’ve got Richard Bunting, there’s Rob Hughes and Sam Gaughran can also play in the holding role.

“I’ll be trying to bring in another midfielder though. I’ll be back on the phone trying to get someone in but we won’t just be getting any old player in.

“There’ll be no panic as we’ve got time. Football’s dog eat dog and we’ve ended up on the wrong end this time.”

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