King’s Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse has insisted that the door remains open for Leon Mettam to make a summer return to The Walks.
The striker, who signed a two-year deal with Lynn in the close season, has been on loan with Spalding United since January following a dressing room bust-up with former boss Gary Setchell.
Lincoln-based Mettam has notched nine goals in 13 games since being loaned out to the Tulips in acrimonious circumstances at the start of the year.
On the possibility of seeing Mettam back in a Linnets shirt, Culverhouse said: “We’ve still got to have that talk.
“If the desire is there from Leon and he wants to come back, he’s under contract anyway, then we will have a good look at him in pre-season. The door is not closed on him at all.
“He’s a goalscorer and it stands out like a sore thumb that’s what we need, but we just need him to be in the right frame of mind to play for this football club.”
Tomorrow sees the Linnets end a disappointing Southern League campaign at home to Chesham United.
Lynn’s chief has demanded that his sloppy side cut out some of the calamities which have cost them so dearly in their last few matches.
Culverhouse was visibly irritated by the manner in which side accepted defeat against St Ives Town on Monday.
“This performance tells me a lot,” admitted a frustrated Culverhouse, who wants his players to become horrible to play against.
“You can’t go from what we produced on Saturday to how we performed today.
“It shows that there is a difference in mentality and a bit of mindset and that’s got to change next season.
“We are far too nice at the minute. If we are going to challenge for promotion next season, we can’t be nice, we’ve got to be horrible.
“We’ve got to find that will to win and desire, as we laid down far too easy and accepted the result.”
Lynn’s hopes of a top-half Southern League finish were ended by goals from Liam McDevitt and Danny Kelly.
“We were poor all over, from the back to the front,” lamented Culverhouse.
“It was awful. We were poor on the ball and poor in both boxes, it just wasn’t good enough.
“Two routine balls into our box have ended up in the back of the net. It’s something we’ve got to look at and something we’ve got to make sure we get right.
“Our centre forwards don’t get a free header from six yards out from a ball into the box.
“We then conceded from a restart from a throw-in into our box because our organisation was very poor.”
Culverhouse is unlikely to make wholesale changes as he looks for his inconsistent side to end the campaign of a high.
“We need to show up,” said Culverhouse.
“It was like an end-of-season stroll in the park on Monday and that’s not what we are about.
“On the Saturday we played with intensity and on the front foot and got amongst Frome but against St Ives we just accepted the result.”
l The club presentation evening will take place on April 29 after the last reserve game of the season; player of the year for first team, reserves, under-18s and women’s team awards will take place in the Linnets Lounge. Price is £3.95 for concessions and adults. U18s are free.
l League table: page 88.