Clunan: King’s Lynn Town have bright future

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Skipper Michael Clunan believes the future for King’s Lynn Town is bright with manager Ian Culverhouse at the helm.

The midfielder, who has spoken of his desire to remain at The Walks, says the current Linnets boss is highly-respected within the game and that he expects him to make his mark at the club during the summer.

Ex-Norwich City Academy player Clunan said: “We crossed paths at Norwich briefly before he left and if you talk to any of the players, they will all tell you that Ian was one of the best coaches they’ve worked with.

“I’m sure that will be the case here too. He’s tried to drip-feed us with some of his ideas since his arrival and I believe that we’ll hit the ground running once July 1 gets here.

“I think once Ian has had eight to ten weeks over the summer to get us functioning right and the way he wants us to play, I can only see exciting times ahead.

“He’s tweaked a few things since he came to the club and just drip-fed us, which is why I think the chairman brought him in when he did so we know what to expect of him next season.

“It will be an extremely tough pre-season I’m sure but one I’m very much looking forward too.”

Clunan is expecting a number of new arrivals and departures from the club as Culverhouse rebuilds the playing squad over the close season.

“I’m sure Ian knows the players who he will want to bring in,” said Clunan.

“I think come the Norfolk Senior Cup final at Carrow Road we will have a clearer picture who is going to be here from the current squad next season.”

The 23-year-old admitted he has relished the extra responsibility of being captain after being installed in the role earlier this year.

“Setch made me captain a couple of weeks before the transition happened and I sat down with the new Gaffer and he told me that he wanted me to continue in the role,” said Clunan.

“Whether that will be the case next season we will have to wait and see but I’ve loved being skipper and helping the younger lads at the club.

“Some big characters like Lee Stevenson, Lee Smith and Dan Quigley on and off the pitch left the club and that void needed to be filled.

“I think the likes of Jordan Yong, Sam Gaughran especially, Tom Ward and Ryan Fryatt have all stepped up to help in that respect.”

Reflecting on Lynn’s campaign as a whole, Clunan said: “The goal was the play-offs from the offset but we haven’t achieved that.

“That’s disappointing and I think we knew three or four months ago that it wasn’t going to happen.

“It’s been a case of rebuilding and getting ready for next season so we can be in a place where we are in contention for a top-five finish.

“It has been a tough, long season so it was nice to finish it with a 3-1 win.

“There’s been a lot of changes in the last few weeks and we’ve had a really young squad. It has been a case of digging in and grinding out results.

“Eoin (McQuaid) and Lenny (Ryan Lennon) changed the game when they came on at half-time and gave us a lot more energy.

“All of the younger lads who have come in, including Chris Ward and Ryan Harnwell, have done well and have more than held their own.”