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King's Lynn midfielder opens up on injury struggles during National League campaign

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King's Lynn Town midfielder Cameron King played a starring role in the 2-2 home draw against Weymouth – and then opened up his heart on his struggles this season.

The former Norwich City Youth Cup winner, signed from FC Halifax in the summer, has been plagued with injury problems since his return to The Walks.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed something of a recent resurgence on the pitch – having asked the manager to leave him out the side earlier this year.

Midfielder Cameron King. (44733845)
Midfielder Cameron King. (44733845)

King, who made it two goals in two games for the Linnets against the Terras on Saturday, said: “I was trying to give everything, but my body just couldn’t do it."

“I was at a low point over Christmas when I was offering nothing to the team and I was getting really frustrated and I wasn’t happy at all to be honest, and I just asked the gaffer, ‘can I just have a couple of weeks just to try and sort my mind out and get my body right?’

“The gaffer has always been patient with me, so I am just happy to be finally back, and fingers crossed I can keep doing it.”

Cameron King drills home Lynn's second goal. (44733834)
Cameron King drills home Lynn's second goal. (44733834)

King called on the expertise of former Norwich City physio Stuart Wardle to help him on his road to recovery.

“I wasn’t fit, I wasn’t myself at all,” he said. “I was struggling to get through training sessions without any pain.

Adam Marriott. (44733837)
Adam Marriott. (44733837)

“I had a couple of scans and I started working with a physio who used to work for the Norwich first team, Stuart Wardle, who is an expert on a lot of things.

"I have been working with him for the last two months and he’s massively helped in sorting a lot of my body out to get where I needed to be.

Goalkeeper Archie Mair punches clear. (44733843)
Goalkeeper Archie Mair punches clear. (44733843)

“I have to keep going with that and keep moving forward.

“He helped Jonesie (Aaron Jones) on his first (ankle) injury and Jonesie actually texted me and said Stu had his own place in Norwich, go see him, and I went and saw him and he’s been brilliant for me and he has got me back fit so I can’t complain.

Kyle McFadden heads clear. (44733847)
Kyle McFadden heads clear. (44733847)

“I feel good, this is the level I expect from myself. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself when I came here because I was good last year and when I came here I felt like I should be delivering every week and even from that first game against Yeovil, ever since then I hadn’t got my legs near where I wanted them to be.

“So now I have got to keep pushing and hopefully I can stay fit as long as I can.”

Both King and Tyler Denton were both on target for Lynn in an action-packed first half which saw four goals in a 23-minute spell.

Michael Gash. (44733879)
Michael Gash. (44733879)

Weymouth opened the scoring in the 12th minute after Andrew Dallas found himself one-on-one with Archie Mair before slotting home.

King's Lynn were level in the 29th minute when left-back Tyler Denton drilled the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by King.

Weymouth, though, hit straight back to retake the lead on the half-hour mark through a long-range effort from Andreas Robinson after the hosts failed to clear their lines at the back.

It was inevitable there would be another goal and it was the imperious King who hauled the Linnets level again after weaving into the penalty area and exchanging passes with Adam Marriott.

King's Lynn Town: Mair, Callan-McFadden, Smith, Clunan, Gash, Marriott(Southwell 69), Fleming,King,Kiwomya (Richards 80), Carey, Denton. Subs not used: Gyasi, Jarvis, Mitchell.

Weymouth: Ross, Camp, McCarthy, Thomson (Cooke 77), Robinson, Brooks (Luque 69), Dallas, Mensah, Revan, Harfield, Shields. Subs not used: Fonku, Leslie-Smith, Ngalo.

Stats (Lynn first)

Shots on target: 11, 4.

Shots off target: 8, 4.

Corners: 9, 5.

Free kicks conceded: 8, 11.

Yellow cards: 1, 0.

Red cards: 0, 0.

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