Fans’ delight as former Sheffield Wednesday talent Lee Stevenson rejoins King’s Lynn

Lee Stevenson celebrates scoring for the 'old' Lynn in 2004. Picture: IAN BURT

Lee Stevenson celebrates scoring for the 'old' Lynn in 2004. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Classy midfielder Lee Stevenson's return to The Walks has been met with approval by King's Lynn Town fans.

Boss Gary Setchell pulled off a big Evo-Stik Premier Division transfer-deadline day coup on Thursday when he convinced the 30-year-old to join the Linnets on loan until the end of the season.

The former Sheffield Wednesday youngster has dropped down two levels from Conference Premier Alfreton Town to pull on a Lynn shirt again – much to the delight of the supporters who idolised him when he last played in Norfolk more than 10 years ago.

Many took to Twitter to express their joy at 'Stevo' returning home with one online poster on a Linnets forum, under the name of Robbo84, writing: 'I've been watching Lynn regularly now for 15 to 20 years, and I would go as far as to say he has been one of the most gifted players to pull on a Lynn shirt in that time.'

The attack-minded schemer first joined Lynn on loan from Wednesday and scored three times in eight appearances. A ruptured cruciate ligament seemed to have ended his dreams of becoming a professional but the flashes of brilliance he produced, when fit, for the 'old' Lynn ensured he remained a terrace hero until his departure in 2004.

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A goal-laden spell at Belper Town followed as Stevo found the net 96 times in little more than three seasons to help get his career back on track. A successful stint with Eastwood set about a move to Mansfield Town. While with the Stags, Stevenson became a full-time pro for the first time and helped the club win promotion to the Football League.

The right-sided player signed was released and penned a one-year deal with Alfreton last summer making 16 appearances this term.

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Setchell, whose men host non-league FA Cup heroes Blyth Spartans this afternoon, told his club's official website: 'It's a big, big signing for us. Lee is a quality player and one who excites the crowd.

'His attacking qualities in midfield is something we have missed lately and I am sure he is going to make a hell of a difference in there for us. His goals tally for a midfielder is very impressive and he is always capable of a stunning strike from distance.

'I am pleased he has agreed to join us for the final few weeks of the season and I am keen to see if we can do something for next season with him as well.'

The Linnets, 14th, and looking for a first home win since New Year's Day, will be without Dan Quigley and Michael Frew (both suspended) for today's home fixture.

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