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King's Lynn swoop for former Leicester City youth product

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King's Lynn Town have swooped to sign a player who topped the Southern League Central Premier scoring charts last season.

The Linnets have brought in striker Ben Stephens as they gear up for the start of the new National League North season next month.

Stephens, who found the back of the net 24 times for Barwell last term, came on as a second half substitute during Tuesday night's 2-0 friendly defeat against Norwich City at The Walks.

Ben Stephens playing for Stratford Town during the 2017-18 season. Photo: Steve Wood (57995260)
Ben Stephens playing for Stratford Town during the 2017-18 season. Photo: Steve Wood (57995260)

Linnets boss Tommy Widdrington told the club's website: “Ben had the confidence to come and show us what he has to offer. Following those couple of weeks that we have managed to see him, we are delighted he’s taken up the offer of a contract.”

“Ben is a forward with a good pedigree and an excellent recent goals record. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming him to the Walks.”

A former Leicester City youth product, Stephens began his non-league career at Oadby Town before making the switch to Kettering Town.

He then joined Stratford Town in November 2016, scoring 22 times in 62 games for the Bard, and trialled with a number of league clubs, including Coventry City, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City.

Stephens then joined Macclesfield Town before further spells with both Stratford and Kettering during 2021.

The 24-year-old then linked up with the Canaries and was prolific in front of the target with 24 goals in 33 appearances.

His arrival gives manager Widdrington another option up top after the arrival of former Wrexham frontman Jordan Ponticelli on Thursday.

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