King’s Lynn planning for the future
King's Lynn joint boss Kevin Boon insists Town are a club on the up after securing highly-rated defenders Ross Watson and ex-Norwich City youth product Pat Bexfield on long term contracts until 2013.
The duo have joined teenage keeper Alex Street and wide player Jamie Thurlbourne in pledging their futures to the Linnets, who are still competing strongly on four fronts this season. Boon also revealed the UCL Premier Division title challengers and FA Vase quarter-finalists hope to tie down another of their main men prior to tomorrow's league game against Wellingborough.
'We are in talks with another of the lads and we hope to be able to announce that one as well,' said Boon. 'Discussions with both Pat and Ross were very smooth. We haven't gone silly. Buster (Chapman) has set a figure which myself and Gary (Setchell) are happy with. The players agreed and it didn't take that long to do. We are over the moon. The intent is clear with the length of the contracts. We have 800 plus supporters coming to watch every other week. It is so well-supported and Buster has always said he will grow the club if the revenue is there.'
Watson agreed to sign after just 11 games since his mid-season switch from higher league Stamford.
'I'm delighted. Well pleased,' he said. 'I can't thank the managers and the chairman enough. They offered me a deal and I had no hesitation in signing and getting on with the rest of the season. It didn't take me long at all. I think it was all agreed in less than 12 hours. I spoke to a few people back at home but I was well happy.
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'The only regret I have is that I didn't come in sooner. I wish all the lads the best in the cups I can't play as well as the ones I can. It's great to win the FA Vase, but for me it's the league.
'The fact that it's a two year deal for me is an appreciation of the hard work I put into my game. When the two managers came to me and offered me that length of deal you can't thank them enough.
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'I'm ready to help get the club going again. I don't have enough words to say about the club – especially the fans. This club should not be in this league and it will be up either this year or next year.'
Bexfield is confident he can move back up the football ladder after being released by the Canaries in 2008.
'I love this club. Ever since I came here I have been made to feel really welcome,' he said. 'As soon as they said they wanted to offer me a two-year contract I couldn't think of a better place to be because it is a huge club which is underachieving for where they are. I have signed to help it get up the leagues and push on.
'If we can get up this season I think the next couple can be brilliant and there is no reason we can't push straight up. We have great players here. It's quite a small squad. We have done so well this year considering we have 14 or 15 senior players although the reserves who have come in have done really well. I think with a couple of players with experience at higher levels to come and help us out in the future then anything can happen here.'
Bexfield insists Lynn can achieve something special this season.
'Everyone is buzzing but we are still concentrated on what we have to do this season,' he said. 'Obviously it's a good FA Vase draw (Rye United) but we won't treat them lightly because they must be a good side to get to this round. At home we can beat anyone, even Whitley Bay in the next round.'
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