Setchell wants Spriggs to stay

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Linnets boss Gary Setchell will be doing everything possible to keep pocket-rocket Steve Spriggs at the club.

The wideman’s three-month loan deal from AFC Sudbury expires at the end of this month, but Setchell hopes it can be turned into something more permanent.

Setchell said: “Hopefully Steve will stay because he wants to. He doesn’t want to play for anyone else.

“He has now got the right mentality to play for me and he has got the fitness levels. We’ve worked hard and put a lot of time into him.

“Whether you like him or hate him, and there’s obviously a little bit of both because he has left the club and come back a few times, when he’s on song you want him in your team.”

The Linnets chief admitted he didn’t pick Spriggs against Lancaster City on the back of his big-game performances in the past few seasons.

Spriggs scored, made and had an involvement in another goal against the Dolly Blues and Setchell said: “I picked Steve after he has been working his socks off in training.

“I had Lancaster watched and thought he could get at their left-back and it was probably a little bit harsh on David (Bridges) as he came in against Halesowen and did great.

“In the end, apart from Jackson Ramm, I probably leaned towards the players that did well against Hednesford.

“There was a little bit of that in it, and could we reproduce that kind of performance?

“Like George (Thomson), who I’ve worked very hard on over the last two years, I’m working with Spriggsy without the ball to make him more of a complete midfielder rather than an out-and-out winger.

“I know fans love to see wingers and chalk on their boots and all that but you can do both. It’s all about hard graft as well.”