Gary Setchell has promised his King’s Lynn Town kids that they will continue to get their chance at the club after young defender Matthew Castellan became the latest fledgling to sign a contract.
Castellan completed the formalities of putting a pen to paper on an 18-month deal with the club on Monday night and Setchell immediately left the door open for other young footballers in the town.
Setchell is open to giving the club’s bright prospects the possibility to play their way into his first team plans now and in the long-term future.
The Linnets boss said: “With the youth team, we want the best players from Lynn, at Lynn, to have a chance of playing for Lynn.
“Putting people like Dylan and Matty on a contract, and the chances they’ve had with the first team and the reserves that Robbie (Back) has given them, there’s an opportunity for local lads who want to play for King’s Lynn – if they’re good enough and dedicated enough – to get opportunities.”
Castellan’s deal came hot on the heels of young striker Dylan Edge signing a contract
The 21-year-old, who also has the option of taking a year’s extension after 18 months, said: “It’s awesome to sign a contract.
“I just try to keep playing well every time I’m on the pitch.
“To be rewarded with a contract is brilliant and I am a little bit surprised.
“Obviously I thought I could make a difference but I wasn’t sure over what sort of time frame that would be over.
“I’ve just tried to learn from the people around me, pick up things quickly, and try and better my game.”
Tomorrow, the Linnets have a chance to move into the top five when they host Bedworth United at The Walks.
Setchell hasn’t ruled out continuing to use captain Sam Gaughran, who lost his place in the team to Castellan last month, in a holding midfield role.
Gaughran impressed in the berth as a second-half substitute at Dunstable, before continuing in the position against Stratford Town on Tuesday night (see page 101 for report) with David Bridges missing the game.
Setchell added: “It’s another string to Sam’s bow, that’s where he played (as a youngster). He has been in my ear a little bit telling me he could do it.
“What Sam will do is what Bunts (Richard Bunting) used to do and sit in there. If we play that way it’s not a bad job for him.
“You need a football brain and he’s brave and he’s good in the air too. He’s even told me he can play left-back.
“He’s desperate to get the shirt on, and that’s what you want and what we’ve got this season.”
Setchell praised the contribution of Gaughran as a whole, saying: “Some players would have sulked having dropped to the bench, but not Sam.
“He’s lost weight, which we asked him to do, and he has been helping and giving advice to the likes of Matty (Castellan).”