King’s Lynn Town offer contract to rising star Castellan

Matty Castellan keeps a close watch on his opponent.
Matty Castellan keeps a close watch on his opponent.
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Young King’s Lynn Town FC defender Matty Castellan’s dramatic rise up the non-league ladder has been rewarded with the offer of a contract.

The 21-year-old, who was playing Step Six football last season, was operating for Swaffham this campaign before Lynn secured his signature in September.

Castellan has been magnificent in the heart of Lynn’s defence in recent weeks and it was a no-brainer for Linnets manager Gary Setchell to offer him a deal.

Setchell said: “It’s unbelievable really, he’s playing great and I’ve offered him a contract this week.

“It’s key for us to keep the nucleus of this squad together because if we do and they grow – as they’ll know what to expect when we go away from home – then we are going to have a very good side here in 18 months if we keep adding to the squad as well.”

Castellan’s place in the side has come at the expense of club skipper Sam Gaughran, who has found himself on the bench in recent games.

But Setchell praised the reaction of Gaughran, despite his recent omission, saying: “Sam’s been great.

“He’s given Matty and Kern (fellow defender Miller) advice and he’s doing what I’d expect him to do as club captain.

“He’s not sulking, he’s right behind the lads and I guess he’s champing at the bit for his chance.

“But at the minute, when we’re defending how we are and we are keeping clean sheets, that is football unfortunately.

“That’s the beauty of having a good squad. When one of them gets suspended or injured, what a player I’ve got to go back in at the heart of the defence.”

Gaughran hasn’t featured since he was hauled off at half-time during the 3-2 home defeat to Merthyr Town.

“Sam will come again and he’s working on his fitness,” said Setchell.

“Football’s brutal sometimes.

“Against St Neots, Sam was probably our best player but he had a bad half, by his standards, against Merthyr and Matty’s come in and not put a foot wrong.”

Saturday’s result puts The Walks outfit just a point off the play-offs.

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