King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell made a double transfer swoop over the weekend as he continues to assemble a “young and hungry” side at The Walks for next season.
Defender Kern Miller and midfielder Michael Clunan both agreed terms to join the Linnets – leaving Setchell with just two more transfer targets to complete his 2015/16 Southern League squad.
Both players fit in with the young and hungry policy which Setchell is trying to implement at the club.
Setchell said: “Last year we went for experienced players and it didn’t work out so this summer we are bringing in players at the other end of the scale.
“Kern (Miller) is 23 and Michael (Clunan) is 21 and that’s the theme we are going for.
“We are going for a young and hungry squad who will compete over all areas of the pitch.”
Ex-Boston United defender Miller spent last season with Grantham Town and also lists Worksop Town, Lincoln City, Barnsley, Spalding and Holbeach among his former clubs.
On the arrival of Miller, Setchell said: “Kern is a good signing for us. He gives us options in the middle of the defence and it’s no secret that we had issues in that department last season.
“He is a leader and a great talker, someone we have been looking for a while now.
“I am pleased to have him on board.
“He has got unbelievable ability and it’s now down to him to fulfil his potential with us.”
Miller endorsed his new manager’s belief that a young squad is the way forward.
He said: “I’ve been in squads before where every player has been under the age of 25 and they’ve performed really well.
“It’s all about having the right personalities because as a player you should never be giving anything less than 100 per cent out on the pitch.”
Lynn-born Clunan joined Norwich City’s Academy as a full time scholar in the summer of 2010 having previously been with the Canaries since the age of eight.
After being released in January 2011, he then enjoyed spells with Boston United, Histon and Lowestoft.
He then joined Dereham Town, helping them to the Ryman League North Division play-offs.
Setchell said: “Michael is another good signing for us and he will give me another good option in the midfield areas.
“He is a great passer of the ball and is also very good at bringing others in to play.”
In other club news, successful Reserve team manager JonathanHawes has stood down and is going to take a break from football.