King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell says the door will always remain open for Sam Mulready to return to the club.
The former Grimsby Town, Brigg Town, North Ferriby United and Boston United striker has joined recently-relegated Stamford in a bid to find some form in front of goal.
However, Setchell has not ruled out a future move back to The Walks for Mulready, who joined his hometown club permanently in February 2013.
Although Mulready has failed to hold down a permanent place in the Linnets’ starting XI, Linnets manager Setchell said: “The door will never be shut on Sam at this club.
“A fresh move for him is great and it's where he needs to be to score goals.
“I consider Sam a friend as much as anything else and I was totally honest with him when we sat down and talked.
“He wants to be the number one striker and wants regular first-team football, but at the minute that wasn’t going to happen for him here.
“I’m certainly sure that he could go on and be Stamford’s leading scorer next season and the move will do him good. I wish him all the best.”
Mulready scored 29 goals in 155 appearances during an injury-hit career at The Walks.
Setchell, who has already agreed terms with six of last season’s squad, was due to meet two possible transfer targets on Wednesday night.
Of the remainder of last season’s players, the Lynn chief is still waiting on answers from Lee Stevenson, Lee Smith, David Bridges, Kern Miller, Toby Hilliard and Jacek Zielonka.
“Some of my players have been approached by other clubs and I’m still waiting for answers,” said Setchell.
“It might be a case of making a few more changes than what I was expecting to.”
Setchell, who will still operate with the same budget next season, said: “There’s no extra budget to work with which leaves us with two scenarios.
“You can either spread the money over a squad of 17 or 18 players or go with a strong starting XI and have a sprinkling of reserve and youth players on the bench.
“Ryan Fryatt and Matt Castellan were excellent last season, while the likes of Liam Fryatt and Dylan Edge also proved they could do it for us when called upon.”
The Walks outfit are looking for a new groundsman following the recent retirement of Maurice Bunting.
Maurice stepped down at the end of the season after lovingly tending to the pitch at The Walks for more than two decades. He departs with the club’s best wishes following his hard work and commitment for the past 22 years.
These are big shoes to fill so the club would like to hear from anyone possessing the necessary skills and experience to look after the pitch as the Linnets strive to produce one of the best surfaces in the Southern League.
This role would suit retired or semi-retired individuals with the time to spare.
Anyone interested should email Setchell in the first instance at: gary.setchell@kl town.co.uk