Alex Street has expressed his delight after committing his long-term future to King’s Lynn Town this week.
The goalkeeper has signed a two-year contract at The Walks with the option of taking a further year on top.
Street becomes the first player under new manager Ian Culverhouse to pen a deal and it is a major boost as Lynn’s boss looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging for promotion for next season.
The shotstopper, who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the Southern League, said: “I’m over the moon. I was surprised to be offered a deal but didn’t have any hesitation in signing it.
“You have to do what’s right for you as a player. The club is 12 miles from my house and I’m passionate about King’s Lynn Football Club and local football.
“Signing a contract is a good sign that the manager and the club have every faith in me and now it’s down to me to reward them with my performances on the pitch.”
Lynn boss Culverhouse praised the efforts of Street who was a teenager when he first arrived at the club.
“It’s great news for the club and Alex is a player we can build around,” said Culverhouse.
“He’s a great lad. His progression on the pitch has been down to his hard work and I take my hat off to him for what he has achieved on his own.
“If I can get him some help in the shape of a goalkeeping coach during the summer, then it will help him progress his career even further.”
Street has hailed the recent appointment of Culverhouse and what he can bring to the club.
“I’m excited to be working with someone of Ian’s calibre,” admitted Street.
“He is very professional, an excellent coach and his background speaks for itself. My first impressions of him are very high.
“I am good friends with Gary (Setchell) and still remain so. I was with Gary from the very start of my career but I think Ian coming in will be better for me as a footballer.”
The 25-year-old, who made his 300th appearance for the club during the 2-2 draw at Kings Langley in January, wants to make up for lost time by winning promotion as Lynn’s number one.
Despite helping Lynn to a history-breaking run in the FA Trophy, Street found himself out of favour in 2012-13 when he played second fiddle to Danny Gay between the posts during league games.
The Linnets went on to clinch promotion and Street said: “I didn’t get to play much the season the club last won promotion, so it’s something I’d love to put right.
“I know we had a great run in the FA Trophy but I never felt part of the team that went up. It would be brilliant to play a big part in a promotion-winning side.”
After completing the formalities of the Street deal, Linnets chairman Stephen Cleeve said: “I am really pleased that Alex has decided to commit himself to the club for the next two seasons at least.
“On his day he is one of the best keepers in the league.
“Adding Alex to our contracted players list hopefully demonstrates to our supporters that I am determined to realise all of their dreams and get this club to a level it deserves to be at.”
Tomorrow (Sat 11) the 13th-spot Linnets travel to second from bottom Cinderford.
Culverhouse said: “I will be looking for the same as last Saturday. We will need to play with a good intensity and on the front foot.
“Cinderford are fighting for their lives and we will need to match their workrate and desire.”
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