Setchell: Stevenson is a major King’s Lynn Town signing coup

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King’s Lynn Town FC manager Gary Setchell’s major rebuilding process began to take shape this week with three new arrivals and a number of departures from The Walks.

Attacking midfielder Lee Stevenson, who was on loan at the club during the latter part of last season, has agreed terms, as has Conor Marshall who impressed after his arrival from Boston United.

Former Cambridge United midfielder Liam Hurst has also put pen-to-paper for Lynn’s tilt in the Southern League.

Alex Street, Ross Watson, David Bridges, Sam Mulready, Jacek Zielonka and Ryan Fryatt have all committed themselves from last season’s squad, while Jake Jones, David Bell, Henry Eze and Shaun Stocker have all gone in the opposite direction.

Fringe first-team defender Chris Ward has moved to UCL neighbours Holbeach United.

Setchell said: “I’m hoping Lee will be able to score 25 goals for us from midfield next season.

“There were a few other clubs hoping to sign him, but I feel it’s a major coup for the club to get a player who last season was playing Conference National football.

“Conor is also another one I have been very keen to get to the club after his performances for us last season, while I think Jacek (Zielonka) could be something of an unearthed diamond for us.”

The popular Stevenson admitted that his permanent return to The Walks was all down to manager Setchell.

Stevenson said: “I have known Gary for a long time now and when he made it very clear that he wanted me in his team for the new season my mind was made up.

“The feeling of being wanted in a set up is very important to me.

“Gary sold the club to me and it’s a club that should be at a higher level than it is now.”

Terms have also been offered to Jackson Ramm and Stephen Spriggs, leaving Setchell to speak to both Michael Frew and Jordan Yong.

Setchell, who missed out on bringing in Dereham’s Ryan Hawkins, is also targeting the signings of two centre-halves and a high-profile centre forward.

“As we speak I’m speaking to two centre-halves,” admitted Setchell.

“It also goes without saying that I’m in urgent need of a target man, number-nine type of player. We need more leadership at both ends of the pitch.”