Setchell snaps-up long-term target

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King’s Lynn Town have completed the signing of Sam Gaughran from Lowestoft Town for an undisclosed fee.

Linnets boss Gary Setchell has been a long-time admirer of the highly-rated defender, who Lynn tried to sign in March 2011 but had their cash bid rejected.

Gaughran agreed to return to The Walks in May 2012 but changed his mind and opted to stay with the Trawlerboys, for whom he was captain last season.

On Friday night, Lowestoft released the following statement on their website: “Lowestoft Town have agreed an undisclosed fee with King’s Lynn Town for Sam Gaughran.

“As reported last week, Sam Gaughran was unable to honour the remainder of his contract with Lowestoft. Following this the club have today agreed a fee that will see Gaughran released from his contract to join The Linnets.

“We would like to wish Sam Gaughran all the best at King’s Lynn Town and yet again thank him for his time with us.”

Hunstanton-born Gaughran is employed as a youth team coach with Peterborough United and was part of the Football in the Community scheme under Keith Rudd.

He joined Norwich’s Academy in June 2000 as a schoolboy but was released at the age of 14. Returning to Lynn, he progressed through the youth and reserve teams to make his first team debut in September 2006 against Tring in the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old went on to make 11 appearances (five starts), scoring once.

He moved on to Peterborough on a two-year scholarship in June 2007 and had loan spells with Norwegian side Kvinesdal IL and Boston United, Grays Athletic, Tamworth and Halesowen.

Whilst at London Road, he captained both the youth and reserves teams and made his professional debut against Tottenham Hotspur.

He was released by Peterborough at the end of the 2009-10 season and joined Lowestoft Town.

He made a total of 93 appearances for Lowestoft and was the Supporters 2013-14 Player of the Year.

Gaughran joined up with his new team-mates at the club’s open day at The Walks on Saturday.

The open day saw trials for Lynn’s newly-formed youth team as well as a first-team training session and a player meet-and-greet session with supporters.

Meanwhile, Marc Curson has been confirmed as Robbie Back’s right-hand man for King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

Curson was also Back’s assistant at Anglian Combination outfit Dersingham Rovers.