Linnets snap up Fleming

Ambitious King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has not ruled out fresh signings after ex-Norwich defender Craig Fleming completed his high profile move to The Walks.

By PADDY DAVITT

Ambitious King's Lynn boss Keith Webb has not ruled out fresh signings after ex-Norwich defender Craig Fleming completed his high profile move to The Walks.

Webb was on a scouting mission last night hours after clinching a season-long deal for the experienced defender.

Fleming is poised to make his Lynn debut in the club's Southern League, Premier Division home curtain raiser against Gloucester this weekend.

“We haven't gone out and paid crazy money for Craig,” insisted Webb. “I want people to know that this is not going to bankrupt the club. Craig was superb all along in the negotiations. He's been sensible and in that respect this deal has come within our budget. We've still got enough available to bring in one more player and I'm always looking.

“It's not about bringing in players for the sake of it. I want lads who can improve us and he undoubtedly will in that respect.

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“Craig is one of those who just loves to play football. He's got a great attitude and is prepared to work hard. This game is in his blood. When he came over and saw the players and the place I believe he was genuinely surprised by the quality.”

Webb revealed he plans tap into the 35-year-old's versatility.

“He can come in and do a job anywhere - apart from right wing,” said Webb. “I've seen him play there, but he gives us so many options and will keep the other lads on their toes. It's going to make my job a lot harder but I want healthy competition. Mark Warren is pig sick to be out injured at this moment in time. We've got Greg Crane coming back as well and that's what I want.”

The Linnets' chief has ruled out any coaching role for the Carrow Road Hall of Famer who made 382 appearances in a ten year City stint.

“Craig has come here as a player,” confirmed Webb. “But in saying that he's one of those who will help in any way he can - particularly with the younger lads. People like Joe Francis and John Turner can only benefit from having someone with so much experience.

“For the rest of the squad it's great to have a player like Craig come into our dressing room. The lads have already accepted him. There was plenty of banter at training the other night and right now we have a great buzz about the place.”

Webb warns Lynn's exciting capture will also have a knock on effect among the club's Southern League rivals.

“I think it also inspires other teams to raise their game even more,” he admitted. “King's Lynn is a big club - not just in the Southern set up but non league football - and this might make a lot of clubs sit up and take notice. We've got some good early momentum and hopefully signing Craig can push us on even further.”

Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins also revealed Joe Francis had agreed a two year contract extension to his current deal after a smooth close season transition from Ridgeons Premier Woodbridge.

“Joe would say he found the step up tough but Keith is absolutely delighted with his progress,” said Bobbins. “The boy has adapted well and he's enjoying his football. He sees his immediate future at this club which is great news for everybody.”