King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell hopes to unveil ‘man mountain’ ahead of Nantwich Town clash

Action from King's Lynn Town v Trafford at The Walks - Jason Lee. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Action from King's Lynn Town v Trafford at The Walks - Jason Lee. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell could hand a debut to Kettering centre-back Henry Eze at The Walks this afternoon.

King's Lynn Town's new signing Sam Brooks. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town's new signing Sam Brooks. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The Linnets boss has wasted no time in addressing his side's defensive shortcomings following Tuesday's 3-3 draw at Belper Town. Sam Brooks was shown the exit door earlier this week before last night Jason Lee left after a 'heart-to-heart' with his manager.

The left-sided player's departure to Kettering is expected to trigger Eze's move in the opposite direction – something Setchell would like to have wrapped up in time for this afternoon's home clash with Nantwich Town.

Lynn's boss said: 'Henry Eze is a man mountain and if I'm honest I don't think we've ever replaced Gullers (Phil Gulliver, departed September, 2013).

'Ryan Fryatt is great in the air and athletic but he's still only 20 years old. He shouldn't be taking full responsibilty for balls into the box and picking up the biggest men at set pieces. He just needs some help beside him. He shouldn't be a main-line centre-half at 20 in the Northern Premier League.


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'He learned a lot off Gullers and he needs someone alongside him who can win first balls and take a little bit of pressure off of him, whoever that may be.'

The Southern Division One Central Poppies – plying their trade one level below Evo-Stik Premier Division Town – have confirmed that their 25-year-old looks likely to join the Linnets. The Nigerian was the Poppies' supporters' player-of-last-season and scored four goals in 40 appearances. He has also played for Solihull Moors, Stourbridge, Evesham United and Halesowen Town.

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His arrival would fill the defensive void left by the departure of the popular Lee and Brooks – who has departed little more than a month after joining the club.

Setchell said 'Jason came to us as a 29-year-old and I have total respect for him. He's been totally honest about his shortcomings this season. It's always hard to lose one of the champions (part of Lynn's title-winning squad of 2012/13) and him leaving makes me get a lump in my throat.

'He's found this level a bit more difficult. In his own words he said 'I've had a great time at King's Lynn. I had a great rapport with the fans. I didn't want to let anyone down.' He's a great lad and I'll stay in touch with him.'

Setchell said he 'hadn't got time' for Brooks to 'get fit' and that he was 'getting found out a bit'.

After conceding nine goals in the first six games, and 77 last term, Lynn's boss is desperate to tighten up at the back.

He added: 'We've got goals all across the midfield and up front. We scored three away on Tuesday and played some great football. But now we need to start keeping some clean sheets too as we're creating lots of opportunities.'

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