Setchell believes Forshaw and Spriggs will add electric pace to his King’s Lynn Town side
09:58 05 June 2012
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Boss Gary Setchell insists new recruits Jamie Forshaw and Steve Spriggs will add electric pace to his King’s Lynn Town side next season.
Former Lowestoft Town striker Forshaw and wideman Spriggs, who left the club at the end of March to play professional football in Sweden, became the fifth and sixth arrivals at Lynn this summer after putting pen-to-paper at The Walks last night.
A delighted Linnets boss admits the lightning-quick but tiny duo will add a much-needed different dimension to his team as they prepare to take on Evo-Stik Division One South.
Setchell said: “These boys are electric quick. We all know about Spriggsy’s pace and his goal-getting ability but Forshaw is no different. He plays through the middle, is ridiculously quick, and can score goals too.
“Late on last season once Spriggsy left we really lacked pace in the front six. Turns (Jason Turner) and Jack Defty, for how good they were, made us a little bit one dimensional. The ball had to go into them.
“When we lost Spriggsy, and because Jamie Thurlbourne isn’t pacy on the other side, we soon became a one-paced team. It stuck out like a sore thumb. It’s hard to defend against pace at any level and these two boys bring that in abundance.”
Wideman Spriggs, 23, a former Cambridge United Academy player, scored an incredible 45 goals for Lynn in 97 appearances after joining from Wroxham in June 2010.
He left The Walks to join Ytterhogdals IK while Lynn sat at the top of the United Counties Premier Division but always made it clear he wished to play for the Linnets again on his return to England.
Scottish forward Forshaw, 21, played youth football for Norwich City and Southend United and gained an international under-16 cap before joining Ebbsfleet. He signed for Lowestoft in February 2010 and scored just four goals last season.
However, 16 of his 33 appearances came from the substitutes bench and Setchell believes the frontman will be desperate for more game time this campaign.
The Linnets boss said: “He’s come here to do well and he believes he can play higher, even though he perhaps hasn’t had as many opportunities as he would have liked at Lowestoft.
“He’s coming here to show to everyone what a great player he is. He feels he can still get into the pro game and if he wants to use me, and the club as a stepping stone, to go higher it means he’s got to do well for us.
“We’ll look forward to him coming here and doing well and hopefully he’ll enjoy it.
“These fans will love him. Spriggsy is a confident young man and he’ll back himself fully.
“When Stephen Spriggs is on song, whether you’re at Step Four, Step Five, or even Step Three, he’s going to hurt full backs because of his pace and his movement. The step up won’t be a problem for him because he’s a Step Four player all day long.
“He’s scored 20-odd goals in each of the last two seasons and if he can come in as a right winger and score 15 to 20 goals again this year then he’ll be worth his weight in gold.”
Setchell said he has now completed the “bulk” of his signings but expects “one or two tweaks” to still be made to his squad before the season starts.