Money talks as King’s Lynn Town fail to sign lower-level Spalding United’s top scorer
06:30 15 January 2016
King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has admitted defeat in his bid to sign Spalding United’s Josh Moreman.
The Linnets boss was forced to wait until last night to try and convince the Tulips’ top scorer to join his side’s play-off push after lodging a seven-day approach for his services last week. But despite offering the opportunity to play at a higher level – among plenty of other footballing incentives – money proved to be the stumbling block with Moreman opting to spurn Lynn’s advances.
A disappointed Setchell said: “We offered Josh a chance to play at Step Three but we could not compete with the wages that Spalding are already paying him.”
With his young squad sitting just two points off the Southern League Premier Division top five, Setchell knows that a couple of new recruits, especially a prolific frontman, could make all the difference in the coming months.
However, he’ll have to take his search for a striker elsewhere after his widely-reported interest in Moreman failed to entice the hitman to The Walks.
“I’ve put seven days in for a couple of players. If we get one, great, if we get two I’ll probably be over budget,” a smiling Setchell had said after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Chesham.
“We’ll keep trying. Friendy (Jack Friend) called off on Saturday as he was poorly, Smithy’s (Lee Smith) out injured and Conor (Marshall) is out long term. We’ve got a small squad but I do need to freshen it up.
“Performances like Saturday take a lot out of players. It was a man’s performance and I was absolutely delighted about it.”
Moreman has struck 16 goals – six more than Lynn’s top marksman this term, attacking midfielder Lee Stevenson – at the level below Lynn this term as Spalding – known for having a massive wage bill that belies their small gates and status as a Step Four club – look to push for a promotion of their own.
Having lost the services of hitman Jake Newman and winger Mitch Griffiths of late, boss Marcus Ebdon will be relieved to have held on to the highly-rated Moreman.
The Tulips chief told the Spalding Voice earlier this week: “Josh has told me that he’s happy at Spalding and we’re very happy with him too.
“I’m aware of King’s Lynn’s interest. It would be a decent move for him, although there would be a lot of travelling. Obviously it’s up to him, but I’m hopeful that he’ll choose to stay with us.”
Had Lynn, two points off the play-offs having won seven of their last 11 matches, turned their dominance and chances into goals, especially earlier in the campaign, they may have found themselves in an even better position as they prepare to travel to league leaders Poole tomorrow.
The Linnets have scored just 34 goals in their 27 league games this term. Frontman Sam Mulready is the side’s second-top goalscorer, along with midfielder Michael Clunan, having registered six times.
Jacek Zielonka, also a left-winger, and young talent Dylan Edge have also led the line to varying degrees of effect following the departure of summer signing Jake Speight – who failed to score in 10 appearances.