Wisbech midfielder Reed on King’s Lynn snub
Amibtious Wisbech Town midfielder Callum Reed has revealed he never contemplated joining the club's fierce rivals King's Lynn Town.
Lynn's management duo of Kevin Boon and former Fenmen boss Gary Setchell put in a seven-day approach last week for the talented 20-year-old who has earned rave reviews since joining the Ridgeons Premier Division club in November.
However, the former Peterborough United trainee snubbed the FA Vase quarter-finalists advances and has now agreed an improved deal to stay at the Tom Wood's Beer Fenland Stadium.
'It's always flattering to know that other clubs are interested in you but I was never tempted to leave,' said Reed. 'No disrespect to Lynn but I'd see joining them as a sideways step. I think I'd progress my career just as easily at Wisbech for now. Their interest created quite a stir and I've realised that the rivalry between the two clubs is massive. It's a line I just wouldn't want to cross.
'Lynn have a massive fanbase and they're doing well but we're by far the best supported team in our league too. If we were pushing for the title next year I think we could match Lynn's crowds.'
Reed insisted his relationship with Fenmen boss Steve Appleby and assistant Chris Dear was another reason he didn't want to cross the same divide that Alex Street, Scott Cubberley and Billy Smith did last summer.
'I'm enjoying my football again since I left Stamford so I'm not looking to leave. I want to help Wisbech get promoted,' he said. 'I've given my word to the club that I'd only leave if a team a couple of leagues higher up the ladder came in for me.'
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Fenmen boss Appleby was delighted to hold onto his highly-rated midfielder.
'I certainly don't want to lose Callum to teams like Lynn who I don't see as a bigger or better club than us,' he said. 'If he gets interest from a higher level then I'd let him go and wish him well. I won't get in the way of anyone who can progress.
'For now the board deserve praise for backing me. By keeping Callum it shows we all want to kick-on and progress. Hopefully we can do that together.'