Bobbins delighted with Mulryne capture
King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins last night clinched a short term deal for ex-Norwich City midfielder Phil Mulryne.The 29-year-old signed initial non contract terms for the next month after training with his new team mates and will be available for this weekend's Southern League, Premier Division home game against Bromsgrove.
King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins last night clinched a short term deal for ex-Norwich City midfielder Phil Mulryne.
The 29-year-old signed initial non contract terms for the next month after training with his new team mates and will be available for this weekend's Southern League, Premier Division home game against Bromsgrove.
Mulryne is currently unattached after leaving Orient last season, but has been training with the Canaries since September. Bobbins revealed the former Northern Ireland international is also poised to spend time with Coca Cola League One Yeovil next week.
“Phil has signed for us on the understanding he will be released should a league club indicate they want him,” said Bobbins. “We'll review the situation after a month and see what is best for both parties. This situation has been on the go for the last three months but obviously Phil harbours ambitions to get back into the professional game and we fully understand that. All things being well after his first session with the lads he will be in the squad for the weekend and then it will be up to Keith Webb.”
The Ipswich-based Mulryne rejected a move to Bournemouth during the summer and had a trial north of the border with St Mirren.
“He feels it's important to really build up his match fitness now and King's Lynn offers him a chance to do that,” said Bobbins. “With all due respect there is not another Phil Mulryne on the market that we have come across. I feel his vision is just what we need in the team. From our point of view we would like to keep him here for longer and Phil has indicated he is more than happy to commit himself to King's Lynn if the situation arises - it's something we would look to discuss as and when.”
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The former Man United trainee made 161 appearances in a six year Carrow Road stint - helping the Canaries reach the First Division play off final in 2002. Mulryne was also a member of the Championship promotion-winning 2004 squad alongside Craig Fleming who moved to The Walks last month.
Bobbins insisted his ambitious club are ready to go all out to clinch Conference-level football next year.
“This is a pivotal season for us,” he said. “We've had dialogue with five current professionals who are either coming to the end of their careers or who want to pursue outside interests. If we we're to go up then they've already indicated a willingness to join us because they've heard about and seen what we're trying to achieve here.”