King’s Lynn’s Thurlbourne agrees contract
King's Lynn wide player Jamie Thurlbourne is poised to sign a contract with the UCL title challengers.
Thurlbourne confirmed he will pledge his future to the Linnets after positive talks with the club's hierarchy. The talented midfielder had been recently touted with a move higher up the non league pyramid after a string of classy displays – but Thurlbourne believes he can fulfil his potential at The Walks.
'We had a meeting with the chairman a week or so ago and hopefully I'll sit down later this week and sign it,' he said. 'I didn't ask for a contract, that is the first thing, but I was happy to listen to what they had to say and I'm really happy here. It's an ambitious club. You look at the set up off the pitch and everything is geared up to moving through the leagues and I would like to be a part of that.
'Any other year at this level we would be very hard to beat in the UCL. It's just the fact we have St Neots in the league which makes it difficult for us but I genuinely believe if we go up then we only need two or three players to come in and this squad is more than capable of doing well at the next level as well.'
Thurlbourne is relishing his creative role in Town's free-scoring attack.
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'It's great for me as a wide player to look up and you have someone like big Jack (Defty) to aim for and you know more often than not he will get his head on the ball,' he said. 'We have some really good attacking players and it's fantastic to play in a side that creates so many chances.
'Apart from the league cup game at the weekend, I think we have scored four goals in most of our home games. We will be very difficult to beat at home and away now we seem to have got to grips with it. At PNS I remember we didn't play well on the day, Pedro (Alex Street) had to make a few saves and we won 2-0. You have to remember at the start of the season when we came together it was a new club and a new set of players. I only knew a few of the lads and it takes time to gel.'
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Thurlbourne also believes Lynn can make their mark in the FA Vase ahead of a second round home tie against Gorleston. The left winger will be a frustrated spectator after picking up a one match ban for his sending off against Rothwell Corinthians.
'It's disappointing to have to sit out that game but with all respect to them we would expect to win and having gone in at the earliest round, it is now getting to the stage where you can see we could have a really good run,' he said. 'I feel as long as we defend properly from the front we will always score goals so we have every chance of going very far in that competition.'