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