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Defender Callan-McFadden happy to put his body on the line for King's Lynn in the National League

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Defender Kyle Callan-McFadden is prepared to put his body on the line in order to make sure that King's Lynn Town get through the current National League season.

The no-nonsense centre-back is one of five Lynn players who can't be furloughed following his late arrival at the club from Sligo Rovers in late November.

McFadden admitted that his participation in Saturday's slender 1-0 defeat to league leaders Sutton United was never in doubt despite him appearing to pick up a heavy knock in the midweek loss at Wealdstone.

King's Lynn Town defender Kyle McFadden keeps tabs on a Sutton United opponent. Picture: Tim Smith (45148879)
King's Lynn Town defender Kyle McFadden keeps tabs on a Sutton United opponent. Picture: Tim Smith (45148879)

"That's the type of player I am, if I get a whack then I'll carry on," he admitted.

"There was never any doubt that I wouldn't be fit. The gaffer is the type of manager you roll your sleeves up for and who you'll run through a brick wall through.

"Because of the current situation, I know I'm going to be playing and in and around the squad. As a footballer you want to play every single game that you can."

At 25, the County Donegal man is one of the more senior members of the current dressing room, but he still had time to praise one of the emerging stars left in a wafer-thin squad.

The energetic Sonny Carey was the driving force behind Lynn’s best work on Saturday and McFadden spoke highly of the 20-year-old who looks destined to go on to bigger and better things.

"You look at Sonny, he's been absolutely flying the past couple of weeks," he said.

"He's shown great leadership for such a young lad, but he's had to."

The U's claimed all three points thanks to a 56th-minute from Donovan Wilson - his first for the club - but were pushed all the way by a depleted Linnets outfit who were again without 12 of their first team squad because of injury and furlough.

Lynn enjoyed plenty of possession, especially in the first half, and had their chances too.

Their best opportunity came four minutes from time when substitute Michael Gyasi saw his effort denied by the fingertips of Dean Bouzanis.

Callan-McFadden added: "If was another great shift from the lads. They've put some good performances in lately and with what's going on at the minute you can't fault anyone in that changing room.

"We passed it around well in the first half, but not quite so well after the break and one lapse has cost us."

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