Linnets striker Sands wants the Southern League Golden Boot

John Sands fires in the winning goal. ANL-161105-175128001
John Sands fires in the winning goal. ANL-161105-175128001

Striker John Sands agreed terms with the Linnets this week - and immediately turned his thoughts to winning next season’s Southern League Golden Boot.

Sands, 28, has his sights on finishing as top scorer and winning promotion at Lynn after making a huge impact during his loan spell with Boston United towards the end of last season.

In a week which also saw Jordan Yong and Michael Clunan pledge their futures to the club, Sands said: “There are a lot of players on holiday at the minute, but I’m already thinking about next season.

“My aim is to win the Golden Boot and also promotion next season. I’ve always scored goals wherever I have played.

“When I came to Lynn I still wasn’t a 100 per cent match fit after having a double hernia

“I scored six goals, but could have got more and I still don’t think the fans have seen the best of me yet.”

Spalding-based Sands made his debut in the defeat at Frome Town and scored six of Lynn’s 11 goals in the final 10 games of the campaign.

Sands turned down a number of clubs to sign for Lynn and had no hesitation in putting pen-to-paper.

“I spoke to a few clubs, but Lynn was the team I wanted to sign for,” admitted Sands.

“I really enjoyed it towards the end of last season and all of the lads made me feel really welcome.

“Setch (Gary Setchell) is a great manager and it’s nice to be at a club where you feel welcome and wanted.

“There’s no reason why Lynn can’t go on and win the league. It’s definitely winnable, it’s just about getting the right mix of players.”

On getting Sands’ signature, Linnets boss Setchell told the club’s website: “I’m over the moon that I have managed to convince John to join King’s Lynn Town.

“Last season the fans had just a taste of what John can bring to the table in just a short spell at the club.

“We as a club have beaten off some very high profile clubs to secure the signature and hopefully this will put an early smile on the supporters’ faces.”

Sands first shot to prominance for Mildenhall in the Ridgeons Premier League, scoring 33 goals in all competitions during 2009/10.

He followed that up with 59 goals in 109 appearances for Bury Town, winning the Golden Boot in 2013/14.

Spells with Canvey Island, Leiston and Boston United followed, but injury limited his chances for the latter, despite netting two goals against Lowestoft in January.

With Yong and Clunan also staying, six of last season’s playing squad have now agreed deals.