Leading King’s Lynn Town scorer George Thomson has admitted the lure of full-time football was too good to turn down after putting pen-to-paper for Chester City this week.
Thomson, who found the back of the net 21 times for the Linnets this season, signed for the Vanarama Football Conference outfit on Tuesday.
He was due to train with the Blues for the first time yesterday and told the Lynn News: “It all came out of the blue really. Setch (Gary Setchell) called me on Monday and told me that Chester had been in touch about signing me.
“Obviously it’s very sad to leave a club I’ve been at for two-and-a-half years, but the opportunity of playing full-time football was too good to turn down.
“I can’t thank Setch and Neil (Fryatt) enough for giving me the chance to settle down and play my football at King’s Lynn and winning promotion with them is something I will never forget.
“If I go on and do well for Chester and any other club in the future, King’s Lynn will be the place where it all started for me. I’ve really enjoyed the experience.
“Some people reckon that you don’t make many friends in football, but I can honestly say that I’ve got a lot of friends and people I will stay in touch with at King’s Lynn.”
Nottingham-based Thomson, 22, is due to move to Liverpool in the near future to cut down on the travelling from his home base.
“I’ve got to get my head down and focus on my football for my new club now,” said Thomson, who never gave up the dream of playing higher-level football.
“Gary always said that he would never stand in my way if a chance of playing full-time football came along and he has been true to his word.
“I thought it wouldn’t happen this season after I came back to Lynn in the summer.
“Now I just want to go to Chester and hit the ground running by contributing in any way in which I can.”
Linnets boss Setchell told the official club website: “It goes without saying that I am very, very disappointed to be losing George at this stage of the season.
“Chester had a good look at him over the summer and I was hoping that their interest had gone away.
“However they have now come back and unfortunately George has made the decision to leave the club.
“I must stress that the club has done all it possibly can to retain George’s services, but he has made his decision to leave and we will not stand in his way.
“I wish to thank George for all of his efforts whilst with King’s Lynn Town. He has been a tremendous servant to the club and we wish him well for the future.”
Later that evening, Setchell tweeted: “Good day for @george_thomson 7, sad day for KLTFC, a great example to any young player. All the best George.”
Bearded midfielder Thomson featured for the Blues and scored a brace on trial against Marine and featured in the 1-1 draw with League One side Crewe Alexandra, before returning to The Walks in the summer.
Chester boss Steve Burr said: “We wanted to sign George earlier, but we weren’t able to do so after his spell in pre-season with us.
“However I have followed his progress since he returned to King’s Lynn, and he’s done very well for them, scoring plenty of goals.
“He’s the type of player that will fit in well at the club and I’m sure the fans will be pleased with the news.”
Lynn begin life without Thomson when they travel to Grantham tomorrow, where Steve Spriggs is set to make his 200th first team appearance.
Jake Jones and Jackson Ramm miss the game as they complete their two-match suspensions.