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King's Lynn Town boss Ian Culverhouse says new arrivals are hungry to drive the club forward

Ian Culverhouse insists that Sam Kelly, Sonny Carey and Nathan Fox haven’t signed for King's Lynn Town to simply go through the motions.

The trio have all put pen to paper for the Linnets’ first season back in National League North, and Culverhouse claims that all three players are hungry to succeed.

Sonny Carey, Sam Kelly and Nathan Fox. Picture: Tim Smith. (11613011)
Sonny Carey, Sam Kelly and Nathan Fox. Picture: Tim Smith. (11613011)

Culverhouse said: "It's a massive ask for this football club to go up and compete at the next level. I don't want people to come here for the ride, I want players who are hungry and who want to help drive us forward.

"We've brought in three players who are really hungry to show what they can do at a higher level. The group that we already had here was excellent, so adding players with lots of drive and ambition is only going to be good for us.

"I'm certainly looking forward to working with all three of them and our talks with players have been really pro-active in the past fortnight.

"You get a feeling when you first speak to a potential signing. It's the tone and what they're about and if they are going to add something to what we have already got.

"I'd like to thank the chairman for backing us and Robbie (Back) for his negotiating skills in helping bring the players to the club."

Sam Kelly. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612983)
Sam Kelly. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612983)

Former Norwich City player Kelly has plenty of league experience having played for both Port Vale and Grimsby Town in the Football League.

He spent last season with Braintree and Billericay Town in the National League and the 26-year-old will be closer to his family at his Huntingdon base after joining the Linnets.

Culverhouse said: "Sam has recently dropped out of the Football League and is a hell of a signing for this football club.

"He's a great lad. He can handle the ball in any area and is very quick on it and he will give us another dimension to how we play.

I'm delighted he has come to us. He needs a platform to play on and we're all about giving players that. Hopefully he will use us to get his rewards and we can use him to push us forward.

"I'm really excited about the prospect of working with him and what he can bring to us."

Nathan Fox. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612974)
Nathan Fox. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612974)

Leicester-based defender Fox is a player the Linnets boss saw at close quarters during his time in the managerial hot seat at Grantham Town.

"I came up against him during my time at Grantham," said Culverhouse.

"He is very good technically and loves to get forward as much as possible.

"We know he's got big shoes to fit into after Frazer (Blake-Tracy), but he's up for it and hungry, so I'm delighted to have him on board to fill that void."

Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612981)
Sonny Carey. Picture: Tim Smith. (11612981)

The Lynn chief was also full of praise for the club's third new face in Carey, an 18-year-old who arrives from Wroxham with a glowing reputation.

"Sonny is some talent," admitted Culverhouse.

"He's got lots of potential. He is a young boy who wants to learn the game and continue his development.

"Sonny has been training with us for the last month and is a really bright prospect."


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