King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell refuses to be drawn into non-league’s summer bidding war

Gary Setchell, middle, says he won't pay over the odds during this summer's player merry-go-round. P

Gary Setchell, middle, says he won't pay over the odds during this summer's player merry-go-round. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Defiant boss Gary Setchell has warned non-league's money men to think twice about trying to hold King's Lynn Town to ransom.

The Linnets manager has moved quickly to lay the foundations of a strong squad for his side's first assault on the Evo-Stik Premier Division. Sixteen of last season's title-winning squad have been convinced to stay at The Walks while Ryan Robbins has been prised away from Coalville Town.

Setchell is still looking to bring in a couple of new recruits, but he insists he won't bow to the financial demands of those looking to profit from the summer player merry-go-round.

'I've made two, three, four inquiries. Obviously Ryan's committed and I've got two other potential signings, but at the minute it's a bidding war,' said the Lynn boss.

'It's something we're not going to get into. I offer players what I think they're worth and they either take it or they leave it. I don't get, 'well he's offered me this, he's offered me that'. Those sort of players aren't the sort I want at the football club.

'I didn't have it last season and I offer players what I feel we can pay them and what they're worth. If players don't want to come to this football club for the sake of £10 or £20 then I don't want them at this football club.'

After earning back-to-back promotions the Linnets' chief accepts it's going to be tough at Step Three of the non-league ladder. but he feels his men can cope.

Most Read

'I believe, with the current crop of players I already had, we'd hold our own in the division above,' he said. 'If I can add two or three quality signings I believe it will help us go forward rather than backwards.'

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter