Smith returns as O'Halloran moves on

King's Lynn fought off interest from Boston United to land old boy Adam Smith on loan from Coca Cola League Two Peterborough United. The former Norwich City academy product snubbed a reunion with ex-Linnets boss Tommy Taylor to sign an initial short term deal until September 30.

King's Lynn fought off interest from Boston United to land old boy Adam Smith on loan from Coca Cola League Two Peterborough United.

The former Norwich City academy product snubbed a reunion with ex-Linnets boss Tommy Taylor to sign an initial short term deal until September 30.

Smith will go straight into Keith Webb's squad for the Southern League trip to Yate this weekend. Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins confirmed the 21-year-old is also eligible for the club's FA Cup and Trophy matches next month.

Smith is desperate to build up his match fitness after a niggling stomach muscle problem had restricted him to one first team appearance at London Road since January.


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“Adam wanted to come back to King's Lynn and everyone here is delighted to have him,” said Bobbins. “Peterborough agreed to let him play in the cups because it's a chance to get fit. He will now have seven matches in this period as opposed to four or five.

“I spoke to Adam at length when we played Norwich United in pre-season. He has been totally frustrated with the injury problem, but cortisone injections seem to have worked. The issue now is Peterborough are a like a lot of football league clubs in that their reserve side is inactive. You can train as much as you like but only games give you that sharpness.”

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Bobbins admitted Lynn would be keen to extend Smith's stay.

“We'd very much like to take him a while longer if there was any possibility,” he said. “At this stage he would be expected to return after five weeks. There is another league club interested in taking him - as I understand it. Adam has to prove his fitness and whether a spell at our level is sufficient I don't know.”

Blond wideman Matt O'Halloran yesterday completed his expected move to link up with Taylor at the Blue Square North outfit.

O'Halloran rejected a seven day approach from Stamford earlier this month but agreed to re-join the Pilgrims after being left out of Lynn's squad for the midweek win at Corby.

“Keith was not prepared to guarantee him a start,” said Bobbins. “Quite rightly, no player in the squad should expect that. Look at the situation in the rest of the team. We've got the likes of Jack Defty to come back and Danny Bloomfield is chomping at the bit to play up front. It's the same in midfield - Andrew Fisk has done nothing wrong to be left out.”

Michael Frew had edged out O'Halloran in the wide right role - notching an equaliser in Lynn's opening day draw at Bashley.

“Frewy has played really well in the two games and shown the commitment needed to win this league,” said Bobbins. “We've picked up four points but not only that, we've done it by going to two difficult places. Given our current circumstances the more points we pick up in these opening seven away games the better.”

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