Top goalscorer Steve Spriggs and Danny Beaumont agree to stay with promoted King’s Lynn Town
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Gary Setchell's plans for next season received a huge boost yesterday when Steve Spriggs and Danny Beaumont pledged their futures to King's Lynn Town - who will be playing in the Northern League next term.
Right-sided midfielder Spriggs found the net 27 times last term on his way to becoming the Linnets' top goalscorer during their Evo-Stik (Northern) Division One South championship-winning campaign. The winger – who left the club briefly to play for higher-level Boston United in January, only to return having not missed a Lynn game – insists he never thought about leaving the club for a third time.
Spriggs said: 'I just love being at the club. I made two massive mistakes in leaving to play in Sweden (2012) and then Boston, I wasn't going to do it again. I like to play where I enjoy my football and Lynn is the place for me to do that.
'There was never any question I was staying, it's just taken time to meet the gaffer. I had some doubters who said I couldn't play at Step Four. I proved them wrong. This is another massive year for me and I'm ready to work hard and hopefully show I can play at Step Three.'
Setchell was delighted by the decision of the pacy wideman – who has scored a stunning 72 goals in 150 appearances for The Walks outfit.
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The Lynn boss said: 'I hope people write him off again. I hope they say he can't play Step Three and he proves them wrong again. That's what he does best. He can't expect to get 20, 25-plus goals again from out wide. But 10 to 15 would be an exceptional season. We'll keep working hard with him to develop his game, defensively especially, but on his day he is simply unplayable.'
The great news came on a busy day for Lynn as the FA announced their allocations for Step One to Four of the non-league ladder. They have placed the Norfolk club in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, as expected, rather than the Southern or Isthmian (Ryman) leagues – home to Premier Division Lowestoft and Division One Wroxham and Dereham Town next term.
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Spriggs and Beaumont become the 15th and 16th members of Lynn's promoted squad to shake on deals for next term. James Jepson, university-bound Charlie Butt and Russell Dunkley have departed.
Setchell said: 'All credit to the lads. There's no extra budget on what we ended with so it's absolutely fantastic. They've given me answers rather than shop around. It shows unbelievable continuity. With a few going it frees up money to sign one, two or even maybe three more.'