Bridges lays coaching foundations at Linnets

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King’s Lynn Town midfielder David Bridges can’t wait to get started in a new role after being appointed joint first team coach at The Walks.

Bridges (32) will work alongside current coach Neil Fryatt and manager Gary Setchell and will begin his coaching duties when the Linnets travel to league leaders Skelmersdale tomorrow.

Speaking following his appointment, Bridges said: “I am really looking forward to being involved and helping both Gary and Neil in any way I can.

“This is a great club and this season has renewed my passion for the game.

“We have a good set of lads here and we are not far away from being a very good team.

“I feel we need to work in some areas and I will be sharing my thoughts and ideas in training and match days.”

On Bridges, King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell said: “We have been looking for someone to assist us on the coaching staff since Ross McNeil stepped down in the summer.

“We were set to appoint Gary Mills to the position but he took up the assistant manager’s position at Wrexham.

“David has a wealth of experience at many levels of football and I am looking forward very much to having his input into first team affairs.”

Setchell added: “He already has a UEFA B coaching badge and has lots of fresh ideas which hopefully we shall be able to implement some of over the next few weeks.

“He is well respected within the dressing room and I’m hoping that he will be able to pass on and share his experience to some of the younger members of the squad.

“This will be invaluable for the future. Neil and myself are looking forward to having David alongside us this weekend at Skelmersdale.”

Bridges, who joined the Linnets in the summer from Brackley Town, having played previously for clubs such as Cambridge Utd, Kettering Town, Stevenage and Histon, hopes to make a playing return soon.

The playmaker still believes Lynn can make a late push for the play-offs, saying: “If we get ourselves on a little run there is no telling what could happen.

“With the squad we have we should really be knocking on the door, to be fair.”

Skelmersdale still find themselves five points clear at the top of the table, although FC United of Manchester are hot on their heels with seven games in hand.