King's Lynn duo aiming high
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Town's latest Wroxham recruits Martin McNeil and Danny White revealed the chance to play higher was the biggest pull in cutting their Trafford Park ties.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn Town's latest Wroxham recruits Martin McNeil and Danny White revealed the chance to play higher was the biggest pull in cutting their Trafford Park ties.
Linnets' old boy McNeil and White have signed non contract terms at the end of a hectic week which also saw the arrival of ex-Wroxham team mate Steve Spriggs. Central defender McNeil returns for his third stint at his hometown club whilst 26-year-old midfielder White wants a fresh challenge at the United Counties League promotion hopefuls after four years at Wroxham capped by last season's memorable FA Vase Wembley appearance.
'It was a difficult decision to leave Wroxham having worked with Batchy (David Batch) before,' said McNeil. 'I've known him a long time and I wasn't looking forward to telling him but it was a decision I didn't take lightly. The chance to work with a new up and coming manager like Gary (Setchell) was a big pull. Both myself and Danny have played Ridgeons for a number of years and it tends to get a bit repetitive sometimes.
'This is a new challenge for me and I'm looking forward to it and playing in a new league. When I look back at my career I probably haven't stayed at a club a really long length of time - the most is perhaps two or three years. If I can do well here, get myself really fit and play well like I have done at clubs where I have won the league then I think I can look forward to some good times.'
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White rejected late interest from higher up the non league pyramid to follow Spriggs and McNeil to The Walks.
'I'll be honest there was a couple of calls and one came in very late,' he said. 'I won't mention the club but they are a good club playing slightly higher and it would have appealed to me but I am really looking forward to this challenge and my mind was made up. 'I had five years at Wroxham and it was very tough to make the break. I thought about it for a long while because they are a great set of lads and I got on with everyone there. I just want to thank Batchy who did a marvellous job for us and I am grateful to him. It was difficult to leave but that is football - sometimes you have to move on. The real motivation coming here is that this club is so ambitious. I want to play as high as I can and I think this club can offer it. If you look at the players being assembled we can definitely be competitive in the league we are going into and hopefully we can win it.'
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McNeil returns for his third spell at the club after winning league titles with both Soham and Lowestoft.
'I'm 29 now and I've had experience of winning the league with Soham and doing the double with Lowestoft,' he said. 'I played higher when I was younger as well so all that will hopefully benefit me and the team. I spoke to my Dad and a few other people and of course it brings a whole different pressure playing in front of your own fans. I live here and I know a few of the supporters but I just feel perhaps I haven't done myself justice here before. I enjoyed the second spell a lot more because we ended up going down in my first spell. It's great to come in with Danny and Spriggsy and hopefully we can gel as a group quickly and be challenging for the league.'
White is eyeing a central midfield berth after being deployed wider during Wroxham's successful FA Vase run last season.
'My preference is centre midfield but maybe one of my downfalls is I can do a half decent job out wide,' he said. 'I'll guarantee I will give 100% where ever I play - I just want to put myself in the frame to be picked and do my best for King's Lynn.
'The facilities here are fantastic. You just have to look around the ground and I want to be a part of that moving forward. I want to try and achieve something. The FA Vase was special and it would be nice to do it again and put a few things right but the priority is promotion.'