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King's Lynn Town swoop to sign young defender from Bury Town

Young defender Baris Altintop says he is looking forward to the next chapter of his career at King's Lynn Town.

The recently-turned 21-year-old has joined the National League Linnets from Isthmian League North Division Bury Town.

After agreeing a deal with Lynn Altintop said: “I’m looking forward to new chapter at King's Lynn.

FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town v Bury Town...PICTURED: Baris Altintop (B) and Ollie Brown (S) ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (52963280)
FOOTBALL - Stowmarket Town v Bury Town...PICTURED: Baris Altintop (B) and Ollie Brown (S) ....Picture by Mecha Morton.... (52963280)

"I’m ready to put the shirt on and help the team out I'm thankful for this opportunity and look forward to playing in front of the fans.”

A recent formal approach was made from the Linnets to Bury and the Suffolk News reported that "both clubs were able to come to an acceptable agreement".

Altintop progressed through the Sudbury Academy to make 76 appearances for their first team where he became captain.

He also had spells with Needham Market and the youth set ups of Ipswich Town and Colchester United.

Bury manager Ben Chenery told Bury Town's website: "While it is disappointing to lose a player who has been a regular starter for us over the past two seasons, we could not stand in the way of Baris and his desire to join a full-time club.

"Once the offer came in from King's Lynn, Baris expressed his desire to step up to the National League and a deal was done between the two clubs.

"Baris has progressed during his time with us and obviously attracted the interest of King's Lynn at some point this season, so he goes with our best wishes and we hope that he is able to make an impact at National League level with his new club.

"It is a very big step up from the Isthmian League North to the National League but he has faith in his own ability to make that step.

"He is another in a long line of players that has progressed from our club to a higher level and that is a credit to the club and the coaches here."

Altintop will wear the number 31 at The Walks and will hopefully be available for this weekend's game against Wrexham.

His arrival is timely with fellow defender Luis Fernandez suffering a broken scaphoid in his hand against Walsall in the FA Cup.

Fernandez is expected to be sidelined for between four to six weeks.

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