Boon wants Defty to revel in captain's role for Lynn

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Town's new captain Jack Defty will be handed the responsibility of leading his hometown club's revival. Lynn joint bosses Kevin Boon and Gary Setchell confirmed yesterday Defty's return to The Walks is a key component of their United Counties League promotion bid.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn Town's new captain Jack Defty will be handed the responsibility of leading his hometown club's revival.

Lynn joint bosses Kevin Boon and Gary Setchell confirmed yesterday Defty's return to The Walks is a key component of their United Counties League promotion bid.

Defty's 12 goals helped Corby secure a top ten Blue Square North finish this season but the 29-year-old has agreed to drop way down the non-league pyramid to re-join the club where he scored 90 goals in 308 appearances.

"He is going to be captain, we have agreed that with him and we want him to be a leader," said Boon.


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"Wherever he has gone he has scored goals and we are confident he can take the club forward.

"This has taken a lot of hard work between myself and Setch over the past three or four weeks and you have to admire Jack for dropping down three levels.

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"If you go back to 2003 at that stage perhaps his brother Charlie was the more highly-rated player but myself and Biff (Darren Bloodworth) gave him a chance.

"We knew he had ability and he knuckled down in pre-season and never looked back.

"He has played at a good standard and had a good career in non league football but I think he has shown me and the club a lot of loyalty and respect to come back. It will also help myself and Setch sign better players.

"We looked at a couple of players over the weekend and when you mention the name Jack Defty it leaves an impression."

Boon reiterated Defty's high profile return does not mean Lynn plan to buy their way out of the division.

"There's plenty happening behind the scenes and myself and Setch are meeting people on a daily basis," he said.

"We have a budget and we will live within our means.

"We won't do what Boston did and have a massive budget to pull in 11 Jack Deftys.

"Jack is our biggest signing but the rest of the squad will be drawn from the level of Ridgeons and UCL Premier and probably one or two from a higher standard. We are looking for 16 or so senior players and then within the reserves four or five young lads who are capable of pushing through.

"We can sell them our stadium, which is a fantastic facility, and when they come down to the ground both myself and Setch are making sure we show them everything."

Boon admitted he would also love to try and emulate Norfolk neighbours Wroxham's FA Vase success next season after watching the Yachtsmen's defeat against Whitley Bay at Wembley with his chairman Buster Chapman.

"We've already said we might only get one chance at it because of course we want to try and get promotion at the first attempt," he said.

"That is any manager's ambition and with the size of our club people will be looking for us to be in that top three for most of the season.

"That is why we need to sign good players so if we do go up we might only get one chance at Wembley in that competition.

"If Lynn got a massive Vase run the support and interest would be huge.

"I'm sure we could possibly take five times as many as Wroxham did down to Wembley.

"When Kettering got to the Trophy they took 14,000 and they are very similar-sized towns."

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