Defty duo for shock Linnets departure

PUBLISHED: 17:02 09 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010


King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor has confirmed that popular home-grown talent Jack Defty could be set for a shock departure to Ridgeons First Division outfit Swaffham Town.

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor has confirmed that popular home-grown talent Jack Defty could be set for a shock departure to Ridgeons First Division outfit Swaffham Town.

Defty and younger brother Charlie have both been strongly linked with a close-season switch to Shoemakers Lane, where former Linnets captain Gary Setchell is reportedly ready to join the ambitious Pedlars as assistant manager.

“I'd love to keep the pair,” said Taylor, on his return from a brief Spanish break. By the same token if they no longer want to play for King's Lynn then fair enough.

“The chairman rang me up with the news and they are the only two who haven't replied to the letters we sent out inviting them back for pre-season. It doesn't matter what level you play the game at, no one player is untouchable or bigger than the club.

“Perhaps they feel it's time for a change. I haven't spoken to either of them directly - if they want to drop through the leagues what can we do? As a manager you can't waste your time trying to persuade them differently.

“We've got a base of good players to work with coming back next week and we are talking to people all the time - from the Conference down.”

Taylor also disclosed that versatile squad man Danny Hammond could be poised to join the growing ranks of former Linnets at Southern Premier rivals Stamford. The tall defender has been contacted by the newly-promoted Daniels, who are in talks with Adam Jones and signed Robbie Harris this week.

Defty notched his 50th goal for the club last season operating as a makeshift striker. The 24-year-old has been an ever present - in his more accustomed attacking midfield role - since a first team debut in the 2002 League Cup final against Dorchester.

Taylor's quest for a striker to partner Matt Nolan takes on added urgency with Defty's possible exit and Wisbech's free-scoring duo Liam Harrold and Liam Nimmo staying at Fenland Park.

Lynn's boss will renew his interest in former Nuneaton hitman Michael Frew and ex-Cambridge United target Paul Atkins. The 19-year-old ended last season at Norfolk Senior Cup finalists Norwich United.

“Paul's been in touch and wants to give it a go,” confirmed Taylor.

“We'll have a look at him in pre-season and if he can do a job then maybe something is possible. Michael was at Hucknall on loan and really felt he could handle that level quite easily so he was looking to get back into the Conference. Obviously at this time of the summer there's so many players trying to get fixed up - I'll be speaking to him again during the week. He knows we are interested but we've got a couple other strikers in the frame as well.

“The boy Harrold left me a message while I was away saying he had changed his mind and wanted to stay at Wisbech. I can't do anything about that - good luck to him. When you have a pair of strikers scoring that many goals we had to take a look.”

Taylor is also keeping an open mind about unearthing some fresh talent from the club's triallist search.

“There's one or two with decent football league backgrounds,” he said.

“One lad was at Forest and another is a 21-year-old former Bury striker who has moved into the area. Believe me players are out there. When I first started at Cambridge United we picked up a lad called Tony Richards who had just come back from Hong Kong. He came through at West Ham and was a magnificent centre forward for me. I did the same at Orient and we found Steve Watts.

“We'll fetch five or six along to work with the boys in training and I'll have a look at them individually. This pre-season period is more important than ever. I want us to be nice and bright for the start. If we can get some early momentum it can only help us stay around the top.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press