King’s Lynn Town complete summer business with capture of Worksop Town defender Ryan Clarke

Ryan Clarke, in action for Worksop Town last season, has agreed to join King's Lynn Town. Picture: W

Ryan Clarke, in action for Worksop Town last season, has agreed to join King's Lynn Town. Picture: Worksop Guardian - Credit: Archant

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell declared his summer business was over yesterday after agreeing a deal with versatile defender Ryan Clarke.

The Linnets' manager announced he had finalised terms with the highly-rated Worksop Town ace who shone at right-back for his club in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last season.

The 29-year-old featured against his new club when Lynn won 1-0 at Babbage Way during their fine FA Trophy run last season. But now he will be competing with, rather than against, Setchell's men when both sides lock horns in the league next season.

Lynn's title-winning boss said: 'I'm absolutely delighted Ryan's agreed to sign. He's a right-back by trade, but is versatile, and has played in the Conference North. He's a very good player.

'I tried to sign him last season and I've stayed in contact with him since. He brings plenty of higher-level experience and is what you'd call a model pro as he knows how to look after himself away from the game.

'He's got that bit about him that you need. And that's good because he's going to have to come here and work hard to get a shirt. There's a lot of competition for places.'

Clarke, a former Notts County youngster, lists Worcester City, Ilkeston Town, Northwich Victoria, Eastwood Town, Grantham Town, Boston United and Alfreton Town among his former clubs.

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While with Boston he enjoyed a six-game loan spell with the 'old' King's Lynn during the 2004/05 term. He returns as a permanent arrival at The Walks alongside fellow new-boys Ryan Robbins and Andy Hall.

'I had three targets going into the summer and I've got all three,' said Setchell.

'That will be me done now. You've got to have competition for places, some players don't like it, but it's absolutely massive for me as a manager. We've got every position more than covered.

'Things could change, we lost Danny Beaumont this week, and if the same happened I might have to look again. But we've not had our budget increased so I've had to manufacture my own money.

'James Jepson, Danny Beaumont and Russell Dunkley have gone and Andy Hall, Ryan Robbins and Ryan Clarke have arrived.'