Linnets keeper’s chance to shine after Gay departure

King's Lynn Town keeper Alex Street. Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Town keeper Alex Street. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has challenged Alex Street to grasp his opportunity in the wake of Danny Gay's move to Leiston.

Street has the chance to re-establish himself as Setchell's number one after Gay decided to leave the Walks 'for a better package' at struggling Ryman League Premier side, Leiston.

Setchell revealed Gay decided to move on after the Linnets refused to give the 31-year-old a new two-year contract.

'Danny wanted to be the top earner at Lynn,' said Setchell. 'He wanted a two-year contract and I wasn't going to give a 31-year-old that sort of deal. They (Leiston) have given him a 'better package' and we just have to wish him the best of luck.

'He did a really good job for us and of course he is a part of the club's history having played his part in our title success last season.'

Setchell believes Street's loyalty to the Linnets could finally be repaid with the young goalkeeper rejecting several chances to move on permanently from the Walks when he was displaced by Gay's.

'There has never been a lot between Danny and Pedro (Street),' said Setchell, who confirmed Street will start against FC United at home tomorrow.

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'Danny just had that bit more experience that gave him the edge in my eyes at the start of the season. But Pedro has shown a great attitude and despite having had chances to leave the club he has always been loyal to Lynn. That loyalty will be repaid now.

'He sees things a lot clearer now. I originally brought Danny in because I thought Pedro had got too comfortable and he stepped out of line a little bit.

'I brought Danny in to teach him a lesson and to be fair I think he has learned it. This is a great chance for him to re-establish himself as the number one and I know that's what he has wanted for a while now.'