Injured duo Conor Marshall and Matt Castellan invited to join King’s Lynn Town for the start of pre-season training
- Credit: Ian Burt
Opportunities for two injury victims will be available at King's Lynn Town, manager Ian Culverhouse has confirmed as part of a busy week.
Monday saw the Linnets end the season on a high with victory over Fakenham to lift the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road, with midfielder Jaicek Zielonka being released and left-back Jordan Yong leaving to play professionally in Malaysia soon after.
The formation of a new academy scheme with the College of West Anglia, which will involve the club's reserve side, was also in the mix and now midfielder Conor Marshall and defender Matt Castellan have been assured of a chance next season.
Both missed the majority of the season through serious injury but Linnets boss Culverhouse has revealed both have been invited back to the club for the start of pre-season training in July.
Marshall picked up a serious knee injury in an FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Barwell Town in October 2015, in a narrow 1-0 away defeat in the penultimate qualifying round.
While Castellan suffered a serious head injury in a League Cup penalties defeat at St Ives Town last October, being knocked unconscious in a nasty clash and hospitalised.
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Marshall returned to action towards the end of this season and Castellan was only given the all clear to resume action early this week.
'It's a really big tonic to have the two lads back with us,' Culverhouse told Lynn's website.
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'After such a long time out Conor came back for us for the last few games and considering the amount of time he had missed did very well indeed. I had to use him more than I wanted to really but his attitude and commitment impressed me. It was a nasty injury by all accounts that he had and just to be back on the pitch is an achievement in itself.
'It's the same as well with Matt. I hear his head injury and the effects it had on him were awful and those kind of injuries are just about being sensible, careful and taking your time to make sure that everything is okay to go again. I'm looking forward to working with them both.'
The Linnets finished 13th in the Southern Premier Division, with Culverhouse winning six of his 13 games after succeeding Gary Setchell in February.
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