Fleming can play major part for Lynn

Former Norwich City stalwart Craig Fleming is a target for Southern League, Premier Division neighbours King's Lynn.

Former Norwich City stalwart Craig Fleming is a target for Southern League, Premier Division neighbours King's Lynn.

Fleming will train with the Linnets this week ahead of a potential switch to The Walks following his recent exit from League Two outfit Rotherham. Lynn boss Keith Webb confirmed the club is keen to recruit the Canaries Hall of Famer who made 382 appearances in a 10-year Carrow Road stint.

“It's a chance for both Craig and ourselves to have a look at each other,” said Webb. “He's coming across to have a look at the place, train with the boys, and a get a feel for us. I've told him our plans, how ambitious we are and where the club is going. The chairman has also spoken to Craig and sold the club to him, but it will only happen if it's right for all parties. Everyone has to be in agreement.”

Webb insists the 35-year-old defender can play a major part in his squad's bid for Conference football.


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“Make no mistake we are not here for players to come and pick up decent lolly for six months,” he said. “I've seen it at other clubs where top players come in and think they can earn easy money. Craig is not that sort of person and I've told him we wouldn't stand for that. We are building for promotion and to do that you need committed boys. I could bring in fresh players tomorrow, but they have to be the right ones. I want lads with the temperament to play Southern League football and Craig would certainly enhance our squad.”

Webb made his audacious move after Fleming's Millmoor departure.

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“I texted him when he left Rotherham just to wish him all the best,” said Webb. “He got back in touch to say thanks so at that stage I spoke to him about what his plans were. He said he wanted to keep playing but he didn't want all the travelling and leaving his family behind in Norfolk.

“He wanted to keep playing but he's also got some business ideas he wants to get off the ground. I said if he was keen to play at a reasonable level and enjoy his football give me a call. As you'd expect with someone of his experience and quality Craig has had one or two offers, but he's adamant he wants to stay in Norfolk.”

Lynn moved into third spot behind early pacesetters Hemel Hempstead at the weekend after a 3-0 win at Swindon Supermarine - the club's seventh consecutive away match following a delayed Main Stand revamp.

Webb confirmed first choice keeper Scott Howie will return for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Lincoln United after being unavailable for Lynn's Wiltshire trip. The ex-Scottish U21 stopper appeared for old club Motherwell the following day in a live televised Masters tournament.

“Let me make it clear - Scott is committed to this club,” said Webb. “I don't want anyone thinking otherwise. These were two long standing engagements I was well aware of when he signed for us in the summer. There's nothing else moving forward that will clash with his football. Rob Murray came in and did very, very well. He's been forced to bide his time and wait for his opportunity. He's a good lad and I've got a lot of time for him. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to throw him in again. At our level it's difficult to find someone prepared to do a lot of travelling when they might be on the bench, but his heart is in the club.”

Top scorer John Turner (hamstring) has also targeted Lynn's FA Cup tie after missing the previous two league games.

“If he trains okay this week hopefully he'll be involved,” confirmed Webb. “Greg Lake (thigh) wasn't close at the weekend and I didn't want to take any risks with Steve Melton (foot).”

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