King's Lynn Town new-boy Kalern Thomas hoping to go from villain to hero
PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:26 14 June 2018
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King's Lynn Town new boy Kalern Thomas will be hoping to win over his new fans - after his last visit to The Walks ended with the sound of boos ringing in his ears.
The full-back saw red when he upended Linnets striker Michael Gash during the game against Kettering Town at the tail end of last season.
The two men will meet again when pre-season training begins, with Gash having extended his stay at Lynn earlier this month.
“I think the fans helped me get sent off that night and I took quite a bit of stick, but that’s football,” Thomas, 23, told the club’s official web site.
“You have to take it with a pinch of salt and I hope I can now win the fans over with my approach to the game.
“The fans at Lynn have a huge part to play with their backing next season.”
Thomas revealed he was impressed by new manager Simon Clark and the stature of the club.
“King’s Lynn are a massive club and I knew that before I signed,” he said. “I’ve played against them a few times and know what they are all about. They were very unlucky not to go up in the play-offs last season and were one of the best sides in the league.
“They’ve kept the majority of their squad, but what really made my mind up was the enthusiasm and professionalism of the manager.
“Simon is so enthusiastic about football and how he wants to play and that’s exactly how I approach the game myself.
“Winning the Southern League with Corby was massive in my career and now I’d like to do the same at King’s Lynn.
“The club has got massive potential to kick on next season and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Although he has big boots to fill following Cameron Norman’s departure to Oxford United, Thomas says he is not concerned by the task in hand.
“I’m very confident in my own ability and I’m sure that I can win the fans over,” said Thomas, who is primarily a right-sided full-back.
“I don’t feel too much pressure. I try to play my own game and let my performances do the talking. How the manager wants to play is going to suit my attributes. I thrive on one-to-one defending, but I also like to get forward and support the strikers.”