Spriggs can't resist lure of The Walks
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Town's new signing Steve Spriggs revealed yesterday he had unfinished business at The Walks. The 21-year-old turned down offers from higher up the non league pyramid to prove himself at the place where he made his senior breakthrough.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn Town's new signing Steve Spriggs revealed yesterday he had unfinished business at The Walks.
The 21-year-old turned down offers from higher up the non league pyramid to prove himself at the place where he made his senior breakthrough. Spriggs played a key role in Wroxham's march to last season's FA Vase Wembley final appearance and admitted it was a huge wrench to leave David Batch's Yachtsmen.
'They are a great set of lads and Batchy has done so much for my career,' said Spriggs. 'I learned a lot under him last season but the travelling just became more and more of an issue. I'm based in Ely so it was nearly two hours each way for training and matches. You would be coming back after midnight or even later and with work as well its takes its toll. By Christmas I was really feeling it but the FA Vase run kept the season going for me. It would be nice to have a run in that competition again with Lynn because it was a fantastic experience for me and I have some special memories but really it's all about getting promoted.'
Spriggs forced his way into the Lynn first team during the previous club's Southern Premier Division title-winning season two years ago before moving on to Mildenhall in search of regular football.
'It definitely feels like I have something to prove,' he said. 'I was here before and had played a few first team games but when the senior boys came back in I was left out. Mildenhall came in for me and offered me really good money and maybe at the time I didn't feel the manager at Lynn went out of his way to try and keep me. You look around the ground now and can see there is a professional approach behind the scenes. I'm excited because I want to play at the next level and I think this club wants to do the same.'
Joint first team boss Kevin Boon confirmed Spriggs had rejected bigger money moves to link up with the United Counties Premier outfit.
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'He could have got more money elsewhere and we have beaten off competition from the likes of Sudbury and one or two other higher level non league clubs,' said Boon. 'Speaking to Spriggsy, his heart was in King's Lynn and he never really wanted to leave when he was here before, if truth be known.
'He is a tremendous player who we watched during Wroxham's FA Vase run right to the final. I felt he was amongst the top three players on the pitch that day.'