New Linnets boss raids Canaries
King's Lynn's new manager Keith Webb raided his old club to capture Norwich youngsters Andrew Cave-Brown and Andrew Fisk on loan.Cave-Brown joined on an initial month deal as he steps up his recovery from ankle ligament damage which curtailed the Scottish youth international's first senior start in September's league cup tie at Torquay.
King's Lynn's new manager Keith Webb raided his old club to capture Norwich youngsters Andrew Cave-Brown and Andrew Fisk on loan.
Cave-Brown joined on an initial month deal as he steps up his recovery from ankle ligament damage which curtailed the Scottish youth international's first senior start in September's league cup tie at Torquay.
Teenage midfield Fisk arrives at The Walks on a season long loan deal. Both players are available for Webb's Southern League, Premier Division bow against Maidenhead tomorrow.
“This shows King's Lynn mean business,” he said. “It's a great boost for us and I'm looking forward to integrating them into the squad. The lads are keen to come, they're two whole hearted players with great attitudes who will give 100%.
“Christmas is an important period with a lot of games and we need to have the squad to cope with injuries and suspensions. I'm looking to add another one before the weekend but I can't say too much at this stage.”
Webb could well deploy the Norwich recruits in a midfield minus the suspended Steve Melton along with injured duo Sam McMahon and Matt O'Halloran for the Magpies' visit.
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“Fisky is a little terrier,” he said. “He's a decent passer of the ball as well and he will make a difference for us over the season. Under the terms of the arrangement Norwich have an immediate recall. Cave-Brown is on a month to month. He's got a great pedigree, can play anywhere along the back four and the right-side of midfield, so he gives us plenty of cover.”
Canaries' manager Peter Grant insisted Webb's arrival at The Walks was a key factor in the double loan switch.
“The only reason I am letting them go to King's Lynn is the fact that Keith is there,” he said. “Keith knows the way I work, he knows what I expect from the players and that's the only reason I am allowing them to go.
“He asked for the players specifically. King's Lynn were interested before but I didn't know the management set-up there. I knew they didn't have a manager in place so I wasn't going to let anybody go anywhere unless I know how they work, how they operate.
“With Keith going there he knows the standards I expect. He's a very good coach who knows the boys, which is important, he knows their strengths and weaknesses.”
The Canaries chief admits both players can benefit from the tie up.
“It gives them games - especially Cavey who has been out injured,” he said. “I have not seen Cavey play, I have seen Fisk and he has done very well in the reserves, but he is not going to get in before the midfield boys I have got here now.
“All he is going to do is train during the week and not play. Now I have bodies back hopefully I can keep them fit and he would be down in the pecking order so it's important he has games. The young boy understands that and he is delighted to be going.”
Lynn's boss is also confident Michael Frew will spurn Conference North Worksop's advances after a seven-day approach.
“One of the first things I did was get Michael in and speak to him,” said Webb. “The lad assured me he is happy at King's Lynn and wants to play for the club. If a league side came in then we would look at the situation again but I certainly don't want him to go.”
Webb is also poised for talks with Peterborough loan signing Rodney Hicks. The tall midfielder's initial month deal expires this weekend.
“I've not spoken to him or Peterborough,” he said. “It's a tricky one because for obvious reasons I haven't seen him play. We'd need to look at him in a competitive situation.”