King's Lynn Town swoop for Grantham Town defender
Defender Tom Ward has returned to The Walks to bolster King's Lynn Town's threadbare defensive resources.
The popular defender has put pen-to-paper for the Linnets from Grantham.
Ward was linked with a return to Norfolk after announcing his departure from Grantham Town, where he also played under Culverhouse, on social media this week.
On Tuesday, Ward Tweeted: “Thank you to everyone @granthamtownfc for the last couple of seasons. I’ve always had great support and it truly is appreciated.
“Great club and it’s really starting to come together at the right time.
“I’d also like to make a special thank you to @PaulRawden and @WedgwoodNigel, who have shown real class in aiding my move. @granthamtownfc is in great hands.”
After Tuesday’s midweek win at Kidderminster Harries, the Linnets chief confirmed that he was close to bringing in a new face.
“There’s a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel,” said Culverhouse.
“Hopefully we can dot the i’s and cross the t’s and get everything sorted by the end of the week, but we are hoping to bring somebody in on a permanent deal.”
It is believed that Grantham Town reluctantly agreed to release Ward to pursue his career higher.
Chairman Nigel Wedgwood said: “We are very sorry to see him go. He has been a great asset to Grantham Town, both on and off the pitch.
“He has always been extremely professional and a gentleman to work with. The club wish him and his family all the very best with his new team.”
Gingerbreads joint-manager Russ Cousins added: “Of course we wanted him to stay but we also understand a player’s desire to play at a higher level. We hope he’s successful at his new club.”
In his first spell at Lynn, the popular Ward made 62 appearances for the club (54 starts), scoring six goals, after signing from St Neots towards the end of 2016.
The centre-half was offered the chance to return to the Walks in the summer of 2018, but declined the offer.