King’s Lynn Town’s former Portugal Under-19 captain Fernandes will be eased into Evo-Stik Premier

Lynn's Valter Fernandes. Picture: Ian Burt

Lynn's Valter Fernandes. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Pacy right-back Valter Fernandes could be eased into the demands of the Northern Premier Division after joining King's Lynn Town.

The former Portugal Under-19 captain has earned himself a deal with the Linnets following a string of fine pre-season displays. But Gary Setchell says he is likely to allow the 24-year-old to find his feet before throwing him into the hustle and bustle of the Evo-Stik non-league scene.

'He's going to be treated a little bit like a youngster. He's going to have to get used to a change in the culture of football and how it's played in this country,' said Setchell of his Thursday-night signing.

'But I've seen already he's a fast learner and takes on information quickly. Plus he's got plenty of pace, knows how he wants to play and is fit as a butcher's dog. I'm really looking forward to working with him as he could grow into a really good Step Three footballer.

'His desire and the way he's played has been impressive. I know the pitches haven't been like what they will be going away on a Tuesday night in the Northern League but in training, and matches, he's shown that he's more than capable to play at this level.'


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The explosive defender played for FC Porto and Maritimo as a youngster and has been living in England for about a year. During that time he struggled to make an impact at Carshalton Athletic – who Lynn hammered 6-1 in the FA Trophy last term.

His fellow countryman, left-sided defender Ed Gomes, has also been on trial at The Walks. And Setchell says he hopes to secure his signature in the near future.

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Lynn's boss said: 'The squad's nearly there. We're a number nine short, and we're looking at that. Then in late August or September two or three might have to go out on 'loan'. I want to keep the guys playing first-team football as I see the reserves for the youngsters.

'It's going to be a job to keep everyone happy, and I might lose one or two, but that happens at every club.'

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