Setchell: King’s Lynn are not tracking Cousins

King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell yesterday ruled out a reunion at The Walks with his former Wisbech skipper Paul Cousins.

Lynn's management have targeted defensive reinforcements after suffering a series of injuries to centre backs Martin McNeil, Brady Stone and Stuart Ablett this season but Setchell has no plans to recruit Cousins. Setchell has also backed youngster Kyle Plumb to establish himself in the senior ranks folllowing fresh speculation linking him with a move to March Town.

'I think they have contacted him in the past but he hasn't spoken to me about that,' said Setchell. 'I think he wants to try and force his way in here. He's a little frustrated because he hasn't played recently but when we brought him to the club it was going to be an 18 month, two year project and he had to progress. He hasn't let us down so far but we are not in a situation at the minute where we can take risks and experiment. We have to win every game so it's very hard for the fringe players to get game time.

'As for Paul I got him a ticket for the last Lynn game. We get on really well and he rung me up and asked if he could come to a game. There was no mention of him coming across to play for us. He is a good player for Wisbech but at his age and with what we are trying to achieve he wouldn't be in our reckoning. He is a fantastic player for them and was a great captain for me.'

Cousins has also pledged his future to his hometown club.

'Setch is a good friend of mine from his days at the club but he hasn't approached me and even if he did I wouldn't be going anywhere,' he said. 'I went to Lynn to watch a game of football and that's it. No disrespect to anyone who has joined Lynn but I feel it would be a step down especially now they're playing in the United Counties League (UCL) because the Ridgeons League is a better standard of football in my eyes.'

Cousins did join Dereham two seasons ago but admits he is settled back with the Fenmen.

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'I've left before and football's just not the same when I'm not playing here,' said Cousins, who grew up in Wisbech and now lives in Friday Bridge. 'It broke my heart when I came back with Dereham and it made me realise just how much I love this club. I've learnt the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I'd play for nothing because it's my hometown club so money isn't an issue either. I'd be more than happy to stay here for the rest of my footballing career because I love leading the team out. When I was a kid I'd always dreamt of being captain and I'm still proud of that fact.'

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