Thomson and Quigley are better together for King’s Lynn Town

Dan Quigley with (R) George Thomson. Picture: Ian Burt

Dan Quigley with (R) George Thomson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Midfielder George Thomson admits Dan Quigley is his perfect partner in the heart of King's Lynn Town's engine room.

The youngsters, among five players to have signed 18-month contracts with the Linnets this month, are likely to feature alongside each other again when Stafford Rangers arrive at The Walks this afternoon.

They could play as a pair or part of a central three with Andy Hall depending on Gary Setchell's selection. But Thomson, 21, insists he gets the best out of himself when the 23-year-old is beside him.

'That side of the game (defensive) hasn't come naturally to me,' said the playmaker who has scored six goals this term – five more than Quigley.

'I've always been brought up to be the one who plays the ball on the floor. But the gaffer is working with me on it, he keeps speaking to me about it, and I'm learning from the other players who that is their game. It's something I'm working to bring to my game as you've seen in this league it's quite physical. If you look at last year we played a lot of games with three in the midfield with Bunts (Richard Bunting, no longer at club) in there and it's only recently where we've switched just to the two of us (Quigley) in there.

'I think we compliment each other quite well. He does the side that I don't do particularly well and then visa versa. If we both work on those sides of the game that don't come naturally to each other I don't see why we can't go on to become a successful pairing.'

Setchell believes if you could mould the duo into one you would have a midfielder ready-made for a level as high as the Championship.

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He added: 'George is probably one of the ones I'm most hard on because if I can get him into the other side of the game, by making him run, making him head, making him tackle then he'll probably outgrow King's Lynn at some point in his career.'

Lynn sit ninth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division while Stafford are 23rd – just one place off the bottom.