Sport - Football: Lee out to win back shirt

Brigg Town FC  v King's Lynn Town FC
Brigg Town FC v King's Lynn Town FC
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Jason Lee may have only played one full game since the start of November – but feels anything but the forgotten man as he looks to win back a starting spot for the Linnets.

Other than the Norfolk Senior Cup tie at Thetford last month, centre-back Lee has not figured regularly for The Walks outfit since losing his place in the side at the start of November after jetting off for a family holiday.

But the 29-year-old admits he has felt very much part of the feel-good factor at the club after biding his time to win his place back in the team.

Lee said: “Obviously as a footballer you want to be playing, but you won’t find any groans from me.

“Phil (Gulliver) has been outstanding all season for me, while Ryan (Fryatt) has come in and done incredibly well for such a young lad.

“Bar the Hucknall game, where we defended very poorly, our defence has been outstanding so I can have no complaints.

“The team spirit in the changing room is unbelievable and, although I haven’t been playing as regularly as I’d like, we’re all in it together and I’ve felt very much part of what is going on at the club.

“I know going away for a holiday wasn’t the right thing to do at the time, but it had been pre-booked from a year before.

“Since I’ve come back home, I haven’t been sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I’ve been working hard to keep myself fit.

“At the end of the day it’s all about the team winning and I’m just in it and pleased for Lynn to be doing well.”

Lee’s eagerly-awaited recall to the team could come as early as tomorrow with Ross Watson serving a one game suspension for the trip to Carlton Town.

Watson’s ban could see Dan Buhlemann or Fryatt play at right-back – potentially leaving the door open for Lee to play alongside Phil Gulliver at the heart of the Lynn defence.

“If I get the nod on Saturday, the last thing I want to do is to lose my place in the side again.

“Hopefully it will give me the impetus to try to keep my place in the side for the rest of the season.”

Manager Gary Setchell has been impressed with the defender’s attitude and desire since returning from his holiday.

Setchell said: “Jason is a great defender in his own right and his ability has never been in question.

“He is chomping at the bit to get another chance in the side and I thought he came on and did very well in difficult circumstances at Brigg.

“Jason is one of those lads who has to be careful about what he eats and drinks, but since he has come back from holiday he has worked extremely hard and shed almost a stone in weight.

“With Ryan (Fryatt) set to be ruled out through a long suspension, Jason is set to get a run of games in the side, but I always planned to use the whole of our squad over the festive period.”

Midfielder Danny White will also miss tomorrow’s trip as Lynn go in search of their first EvoStik League win in five matches since beating Haleowen Town on November 3.

A supporters’ bus will be travelling to Carlton Town from Lynn tomorrow.

Prices for the Nottinghamshire trip are £12.50 for adults and £5 for children. Call 01553 766088 to confirm a place and time of departure.