King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell open to agreeing more Ridgeons League loan deals
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has admitted he is open to the prospect of sending more fringe players on loan to Ridgeons League clubs.
The Linnets boss allowed talented midfielder Ben Coe to join First Division Fakenham Town last week in order to gain some extra first-team action.
Defender Dan Buhlemann has already spent a short spell at Premier Division Dereham Town this season and Setchell insists the pair may not be the last to spend some time away from The Walks.
He said: 'If players aren't regularly getting a game with us then we'd look at the option of sending them away for a bit.
'Bully (Buhlemann) has had a spell out on loan at Dereham and it's something we'd look at again with others. You don't want your players to get stale.
'The reserves have got a good set of young lads, they're settled, and for me that level of football is about the development of them as players. I don't think it's the place for senior players to keep their match fitness up.
'If we can do things with Ridgeons League sides and it benefits them, the player, and us, then we're always happy to do that.'
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Setchell said he will keep a close eye on Coe, who has made just five starts for Lynn since joining from Fakenham last summer, during his month loan spell with the Ghosts.
The 20-year-old got 90 minutes under his belt for Wayne Anderson's side during their 2-2 league draw with Cambridge University Press on Saturday.
Setchell said: 'I spoke to Ben on Sunday and he felt he played well.
'He picked up his customary booking, as usual, but he felt he got a little bit more time on the ball at that level which will be good for his confidence.
'When he's back, and fit, we look forward to having him here again because he's a good player who I don't want to lose.'
Lynn host Cogenhoe United in the United Counties Premier Division on Saturday (3pm) while Fakenham's first team are without a game.
• Former Lynn loan striker Kwesi Appiah completed a dream move from Ryman Premier Division Margate to Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day.
The prolific frontman, who had already scored 35 goals for Margate this campaign, started out at non-league Ebbsfleet United before joining Peterborough United.
Appiah, 21, played at The Walks under Carl Heggs while he was a Posh player during a one-month loan spell in 2009.
He also enjoyed spells in non-league football with Weymouth, Kettering Town, Brackley Town and Thurrock.