King’s Lynn old boy returns to The Walks
King's Lynn Town have signed former striker Chris Bacon.
Linnets' joint boss Kevin Boon confirmed Thursday lunchtime a return to The Walks for the man who fired the previous club into the Southern League, Premier Division in 2004.
The 26-year-old has recently spent two seasons playing semi-professional football for Australian outfit Sunshine Coast FC in the Queensland State League.
Bacon trained with his new team mates earlier this week and club officials are now working to obtain international clearance for the striker. Bacon's pending arrival, however, has signalled a swift exit for young midfielder Adam Millson who featured only once in last weekend's UCL 2-2 draw at St Ives.
'Chris is back in the area and he is planning to stay here for the next two years. He could prove to be a prolific striker at this level,' said Boon. 'We have agreed a deal and he is signing. We just have to obtain international clearance. If it went through smoothly there might be a chance of him being involved on Saturday (against Yarmouth) but I don't think we will get it done in time. It will take a bit of pressure off big Jack (Defty) and we still have a good mix with Scott Cubberley and Robbie Harris, who are very much part of it.
'Chris trained with us midweek, he is a very fit lad. Chris would improve any team at this level. I gave him a contract when I was manager here five years ago. Things didn't work out and he moved on but I think we are getting a better player. Now his physique and technique is much better. He wants to settle down in the King's Lynn area and it's perfect for both parties.'
Bacon also played for Grantham and AFC Sudbury in this country but is fondly remembered for his strike that helped clinch Lynn's first title in 50 years at Fisher in 2004. Bacon's former title-winning boss also confirmed Millson's release was due to financial reasons.
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'Unfortunately, we had to let Adam go to balance the books,' he said. 'We had an understanding that he would come in initially on a month's deal. We've had to make a decision that some might see as ruthless as he has only been here a few weeks. It was tough telling the boy and he was upset because he left another club to come here but I have to do the best for King's Lynn football club.
'It is managers who come and go at clubs, more than players, but it wasn't a nice thing to do. We just feel we need the sort of calibre of player that Chris Bacon is. It's one less midfielder on the books but Chris coming in allows us to play two big strikers and go 4-4-2 if we want with good back up options.'