King’s Lynn Town taking full advantage of location ahead of Bedworth clash
- Credit: Ian Burt
Gary Setchell believes King's Lynn can continue to benefit from flying under the radar.
The Linnets have almost ghosted up to the fringes of the Southern League Premier Division play-offs unnoticed. And Lynn's boss is sure their geographical location is helping them to flourish – and hold on to their brightest talents.
'For me the area of King's Lynn is a bit of a dodgy one,' conceded Setchell, who this week placed young defender Matty Castellan on an 18-month contract.
'You've just got to look at George Thomson (Leicestershire-based) as an example. He'd scored 22 goals by Christmas (2014/15 season) and was flying but no-one came in for him. His agent manufactured him a move to Chester (January 2015) and it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for his agent.
'He eventually goes on loan for a month at FC United, scores four goals, and all of a sudden he's got Salford City, AFC Fylde and FC United (signed Thomson recently) trying to buy him because of the area he's in. He's in the north-west and everyone there is trying to sign him. In Lynn, you're a little bit out of the way. I think one or two of our players could go play higher but they've just got to get spotted.
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'Someone's got to be in the right place at the right time and see them perform. If they keep playing the way they are, there's no telling how far some of our lads can go.'
Castellan, who like striker Dylan Edge, 17, has committed his future to the Linnets until the end of next season, is likely to keep his place this afternoon as the Linnets look to move into the top five for the first time this season. A home victory over relegation-threatened Bedworth United would be enough, if other results go Lynn's way.
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Setchell, whose side sit seventh but on the same number of points at the two sides directly above them in the table, said: 'We haven't had any interest in any of our (current) players really.
'It's great for me as we manage to keep hold of them. But I genuinely believe some of them are good enough to go and play at a higher level. Hopefully, if we keep the group together, over the next year or two, or three, this lot will go to the next level together as a group.
'It's exciting times. I don't see too many 21-year-olds playing regularly at centre-half in other Step Three teams. A lot of lads will leave academy football at 20 and they're not ready for men's football whereas we've got a lad who is ready for men's football so we've rewarded him with a contract.'