King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell finally got his man tonight with the capture of Gresley Town midfielder James Jepson.
Setchell has been a long-term admirer of Jepson, 30, since the Linnets drew 2-2 against the Moatmen, at The Walks, last October.
Speaking to the Lynn News, Setchell said: “Anyone who watched our home game against Gresley that Tuesday night will have seen what James is capable of.
“Like the signing of Shane (Tolley), I believe he will make a difference to our side.
“He is a good ball-playing midfielder with a bit of bite to him, who can play in the middle of the park or as a left-sided midfielder.
“He will give us natural balance in midfield, help us with our ball retention and make us tick over in there.”
Setchell added: “He’s done what a lot of footballers should do and stayed loyal.
“Gresley have been on a bit of a bad run and I’ve convinced him to come and sign for us.”
Jepson is expected to go straight into Lynn’s squad for Saturday’s home game with Newcastle Town.
Among Jepson’s previous clubs are Hucknall Town, Notts County, Lincoln City, Gedling Town and Rainworth MW.
He also enjoyed a spell in Australia with Sorrento FC and Morley Windmills.
Gresley boss Gary Norton revealed that the Leicester-based playmaker was set to become a Linnets player on Tuesday night.
Speaking after his side’s 6-0 drubbing of Ashby Ivanhoe in the Coalville Charity Cup, Norton told the media: “There have been two approaches for James Jepson, one by King’s Lynn and another from Grantham.
“James (Jepson) has decided that he wants to go and he will leave with our best wishes.
“We have agreed to cancel his registration, which will allow him to sign for King’s Lynn before the weekend, as a favour to him.
“James has shown a great deal of commitment and has been one of my favourite players.
“He has been great inside and out the dressing room and is going for reasons which are important to him.”