Lynn will wait for Notman

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor will offer former Norwich striker Alex Notman the chance to resurrect his career at The Walks.

King's Lynn boss Tommy Taylor will offer former Norwich striker Alex Notman the chance to resurrect his career at The Walks.

Notman featured in the reserves' draw at Wroxham on Tuesday night after signing Ridgeons League forms.

Taylor wants the former Man United trainee to build up his match fitness after returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines against Grantham.

Notman retired from the professional game in 2003 with a persistent ankle problem - which also ended a brief comeback in Lynn colours two seasons ago.


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"He needs to get his match sharpness and you can't do that in the first team," said Taylor. "I've spoken to Alex - he's fine with that. After such a long lay off you can't rush these things but I get the impression he's keen. We won't put a number of games on it - when he feels right, I'll look at it. He's happy to play anywhere up front and I see him as an out-and-out striker."

Former Barnet wideman Frazer Toms is also set for a second chance at the British Gas Business Southern League Premier title favourites following a two-year layoff after shattering his leg.

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"He's a brave lad - I think there's still a pin in it," said Taylor. "The secretary is in the process of completing the paperwork and he'll be available for the first league game. He's obviously been with us for the majority of pre-season and played very well at Grantham so he's a little further down the road fitness wise."

Taylor, however, will take no risks with Adam Smith (ankle) ahead of the Halesowen curtain raiser.

"He's almost there but I'm taking the longer term view," he said. "If he misses a couple of games at the start I'd rather that than he makes it worse and is out for a month. I want him 100pc because when lads play with knocks it's always at the back of their minds. He did some light work at training on Tuesday for the first time since injuring the ankle but didn't join in with the rest of the group."

The Linnets chief is still tracking Norwich academy product Greg Crane but allayed fears centre back Mark Warren was set for a swift exit.

"No - Mark will be staying," said Taylor. "He was struggling to find a job and I can understand his situation with a young family to support. The chairman has managed to fix up something so hopefully that will be an end to it.

"I'd like to get Greg in to give us some extra insurance at the back, though. I haven't heard anything since his Cambridge United trial was extended. He misses the first five games through suspension so it's not a situation we need to resolve quickly, but I need to know one way or the other."

Club officials yesterday confirmed a minute's silence will be held before this weekend's opening league game in memory of former player Chris Watts.

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