King’s Lynn Town return for ex-Trawlerboys frontman Frew but Hall departs
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It was one in, one out on a mixed evening of emotions for King's Lynn Town.
Boss Gary Setchell was delighted to announce the return of frontman Michael Frew – who departed The Walks in 2009 - but was disappointed to confirm that attacker Andy Hall had decided to leave the Linnets after just one impressive season with the club. And Lynn's boss was quick to deliver a bullish message to any supporters who may not have been pleased by last night's comings and goings.
Setchell said: 'We've obviously been looking for a striker. I'm sick and tired of people talking about players like Leon Mettam (has joined Tamworth after leaving Worksop).
'When are people going to realise that our club can't throw five, six, seven hundred pounds at a player? We're working to a budget. Michael knows this football club inside out. He had a time here in arguably one of Lynn's best-ever spells. Big cup runs and the second-round proper in the FA Cup. He's a Step Three footballer, we're looking for Step Three players. He lives in Peterborough (where Lynn will train), he's close, he's not costing us an arm and a leg and he fits the profile of the type of player I want at the football club.'
The 29-year-old, who turns 30 in August, joined the Linnets in 2006. He scored 32 times in 129 appearances before signing for Cambridge City in March 2009. The former Peterborough United youngster went on to play for Histon and Corby ahead of a January 2011 move to Lowestoft Town.
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Frew scored 11 goals in his first season yet saw his progress with the Trawlerboys slowed after suffering a broken ankle. Last term he netted six times in 42 appearances, which included just 21 starts. The comeback kid can play as a winger or through the middle but his new boss is certain where the player will be operating when he pulls on a Linnets shirt again.
Setchell said: 'I'll be using him as a striker, we've talked about it. We need a 20-goal striker. Whether he scores 20 or not, people will see. One or two people have already said he's not a 20-goal striker. Well let's hope he proves people wrong like (Dan) Quigley proved them wrong.
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'Like Ryan Robbins might have proved people wrong if he wouldn't have got his hammering (from fans) before he decided to leave. Let's give these lads we're bringing in a chance and judge them by what they do on the grass and hopefully they'll do well for the football club.'
Frew joins David Bridges and Jackson Ramm is signing for the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit this summer. One player they will not line-up with come the big kick-off in August is Hall – who announced his departure on social media yesterday evening. Setchell, who assumes the man who scored 12 goals for him last term is going to Kettering, said: 'I made Hally a good offer. I didn't want to lose him, that's no secret. He did well for us last year.
'I think he would have kicked on this season. But he's got a young family. Kettering is closer to home for him. It's 10 minutes down the road. They've got a big budget so he's got a financial pull there as well. That happens pre-season.'
Hall said on Twitter: 'Thank you to all the fans at King's Lynn Town for all the support. Unfortunately I won't be returning for the forthcoming season. I've had an unbelievable time at the club. I wish the lads and management all the best.'