King’s Lynn Town youth-team launch seen as ‘step in the right direction’

Ross McNeil. Picture: IAN BURT

Ross McNeil. Picture: IAN BURT - Credit: Ian Burt

Some of Norfolk's most talented teenagers will finally be able to pull on a King's Lynn Town shirt next season.

The best under-18 players from around the area have had to look elsewhere to play a higher-level of youth-team football since the club was reformed in 2010. But now they have the choice of turning out at The Walks again with the Linnets announcing yesterday they will be entering a side in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League (Western Division) for the 2015/16 campaign.

During their maiden campaign, the new team will lock horns with counterparts from Chatteris Town, Downham Town, Holbeach United, St Ives Town, Huntingdon Town, March Town United, Peterborough Northern Star and Wisbech St Mary. Lynn spokesman Mark Hearle said: 'Everyone at the club sees this as a step in the right direction. Plans to introduce a youth team have been afoot for a while now and we are excited they are coming to fruition.

'It's been a busy summer off the pitch but things are coming together nicely.'

Confirmation of Lynn's acceptance into the Eastern Counties' junior set-up was given at Saturday's AGM held at Diss Town. Trials for the side – which will be managed by Ross McNeil, who has undertaken a host of roles at The Walks, and John Stocker – will take place on Saturday, July 4 at the Step Three outfit's stadium.

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The session will form part of an open day and officials are hopeful of a good turnout as the county's highest-ranked semi-professional outfit continue their preparations for the forthcoming term.

'We look forward to seeing as many players as possible trialling for the under-18s and hope plenty of fans also attend the open day as we start to move towards next season,' added Hearle.

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Prospective recruits will be put through their paces at noon before gates open to the general public at 1pm. The second half of the trials will be held ahead of Gary Setchell's Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division first team squad taking to the pitch for an hour-long training session.

Supporters can then meet Setchell and his players – as well as witnessing the unveiling of the new home and away kits for next season – in the Linnet Lounge from 3pm.

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