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King's Lynn town complete loan signing of one of Chesterfield's longest-serving players – and he's only 22




King's Lynn Town have completed the loan signing of midfielder Joe Rowley from Chesterfield.

The highly-rated Rowley, who started his career in Chesterfield's academy at Under-15 level, has joined the Linnets until January.

Lynn's new arrival is one of Chesterfield's longest-serving players after making his debut when he was just 17 when the Spireites were in League One.

Joe Rowley, who has joined King's Lynn Town on loan until January from National League rivals Chesterfield. Picture: Derbyshire Times (50185116)
Joe Rowley, who has joined King's Lynn Town on loan until January from National League rivals Chesterfield. Picture: Derbyshire Times (50185116)

The Sheffield-born youngster is likely to provide Ian Culverhouse's side with some extra attacking impetus going into the new season after a frustrating few months at The Technique Stadium.

For some more insight on Rowley and his potential we spoke to Liam Norcliffe, Chesterfield FC writer for the Derbyshire Times.

Norcliffe said: "When Joe burst on to the scene as a teenager his form attracted a lot of attention and he was linked with some big clubs.

"Unfortunately, so far, he has never really fulfilled his full potential and his confidence has seemingly dipped after suffering back-to-back relegations out of the Football League.

"However, he is still only 22 so his best years are still ahead of him. His best position is the 'number 10' role but he has played out wide as well.

"In January he signed a new 18-month contract until summer 2022 and took a pay cut. He was one of the higher-earners in the squad from Chesterfield's time in the Football League.

"Sadly for him, after just being given his opportunity in the starting line-up by manager James Rowe in January, Rowley suffered a bad hamstring injury and was out for around six weeks and was never really able to force his way back in last season as the Spireites reached the play-offs.

"Overall, I think Rowley will fit nicely into the Linnets' style of play and he will probably enjoy playing with a bit less pressure on him than when he wears the Chesterfield shirt.

"If he works hard, embraces the move away and stays clear of injury, then I think he could notch a few goals for Lynn.

"A lot of Spireites fans will be watching with interest and they will be hoping he returns full of confidence and gets back to the heights he hit four years ago."

The Linnets are hoping to bring in one more new player before next Saturday's National League opener against Southend United at The Walks.



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