Friday, February 1, 2013
Winger Steve Spriggs is desperate to repay Gary Setchell’s faith in him after completing a dramatic return to King’s Lynn Town.
"It didn’t feel right. From day one I just knew I’d made a big mistake"
The 24-year-old stunned fans of Boston United and Lynn yesterday when he left Lincolnshire having played just 45 minutes for the Pilgrims. Spriggs’ sensational U-Turn, little more than a week after leaving The Walks, has divided opinion among Linnets fans.
Lynn’s top goalscorer admits that while some supporters have hit out at him for rejoining their club, he just wants to concentrate on firing Setchell’s side to promotion.
The right-sided midfielder said: “It didn’t feel right (at Boston) and I wasn’t happy. From day one I just didn’t enjoy it or the travelling. It wasn’t their fault but I just knew I’d made a massive mistake. I spoke to Setch and he said he would have me back.
“It’s good to be back and I made my decision really quickly before it was too late. He’s taken me back for a second time now so I owe him so much. We work well together. He gets the best out of me and I like to play for him and do the best I can.
“People will say that he’s made the wrong decision, he’ll get criticism, and he’s put himself out on a limb for me. I appreciate that and I want to pay him back by doing the business on the pitch. Now it’s about getting my head down and trying to help fire Lynn to promotion.”
Spriggs left Norfolk at the back end of last season to play professional football in Sweden but returned in the summer.
He scored 18 goals before deciding the lure of playing for Blue Square North Boston – who play two levels above Lynn – was too good to turn down.
The Pilgrims lost 7-1 at Altrincham on his debut and the 24-year-old admits he was quickly keen to get back to The Walks – where he enjoys playing his football.
The goal-machine, who has scored 63 times in 129 appearances for Lynn, said: “I’ve held my hands up. I made a big mistake. I knew straight away.
“I’ve lost a few fans over it but that’s one of those things and I’ve just got to get on with it. People said I shouldn’t have come back or been taken back. I scored goals from out wide, crucial goals at crucial times, and it’s up to them whether they support me. I won’t sit around and worry about it. I’ll just look to prove people wrong like I have done before.
“I play better when I’m enjoying my football and I’ve always enjoyed it at Lynn. It’s going to take a bit longer to get myself up to Blue Square North again but hopefully I can do that with Lynn.”
Setchell, who is confident of holding onto striker Russell Dunkley despite yesterday’s approach from higher-level Cambridge City, is ecstatic his little wideman has returned.
“He hasn’t actually missed a game for us so I’m just doing what’s right for King’s Lynn Town,” said Setchell.
“He’s our top scorer and I’m delighted he’s coming back. It takes a big man to hold his hands up and say ‘I got it wrong’.
“That’s what he’s done. He’s going to get a bit of stick from some quarters but I’m sure 90pc of fans, hand on heart, will be happy he’s back with us.”