King’s Lynn Town FC are willing to give Dan Quigley a second chance to resurrect his chequered career at The Walks.
The midfielder failed to turn up for the 3-0 defeat at Stourbridge last Saturday and his future in a Lynn shirt was shrouded in uncertainty.
But it transpires that Quigley (23) has been hit by off-the-field problems in the last few months and his form on the pitch for the Evo-Stik Premier League outfit has suffered as a result.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell said: “I have sat down with Quigs and his mum and we’ve got to the root of the problem.
“He has personal problems off the field which will stay within the club, but after speaking to both the chairman and the senior players we want to help him in whatever way we can.
“Quigs is a young man who has made some wrong decisions and got in with the wrong people in the last few months.
“He is facing up to his problems and, as a club, we want to support him as much as we possibly can.
“He has lost direction on the pitch a little bit because of what has been going on, but hopefully we will begin to see an upturn in his form straight away.”
Setchell admitted that Quigley’s Stourbridge no-show, for which he has been disciplined, was almost the final straw.
“It was gross misconduct and it would have been easy to sack him at the time,” said Setchell.
“But I knew there had to be something wrong as the lad loves his football and it was perhaps more tough not knowing what was wrong with him.
“My interview after the Stourbridge game brought everything to a head. Quigs came completely clean and wants to help himself.
“Every single one of us has made mistakes at some point in our lives and everyone deserves a second chance.
“I don’t want to see a player with his potential walk out the door because when he is at his best he is a big, big player for us.”
Northampton-based Quigley will meet with Linnets chairman Buster Chapman and Setchell to discuss the matter before tomorrow’s home clash against Ramsbottom United.
It remains unclear if he will be involved in the match for Lynn, who will already be without the suspended duo of Henry Eze and Gregg Smith.
Rammy’s league form has seen five defeats from their ten league games on the road and Lynn have the opportunity to complete their first double of the season.
Lynn won at Acrebottom on the opening day of the season coming back from 2-0 down to get a late winner with Lynn being particularly successful from set pieces – two goals from Ryan Fryatt and one from George Thomson secured the points.
Ramsbottom have their own problems with defender Lee Pugh beginning a four match suspension.
It will be Ramsbottom’s furthest league away trip in their 48-year existence.
Setchell said: “If we are realistic about hanging on to the coat tails of the top-five or six, we’ve got to be strong and stand up and be counted.
“With our away form being so dismal at the minute, it has put more pressure on us to make sure we get the right results at home.”
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