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King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse believes the lure of National League football could prove a major transfer draw this summer.

Culverhouse is determined to strengthen his squad for an assault on non-league’s top flight after clinching back-to-back promotions.

Although he knows the club are out on a limb when it comes to location, he is convinced that their lofty new status will prove an incentive for players when it comes to negotiating deals.

Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)
Ian Culverhouse and Paul Bastock. Picture: Tim Smith. (14895244)

Culverhouse said: “Obviously, we are going into a professional league and we are definitely not at that stage yet.

“We will be fighting well above our weight anyway, but we always have been here.

“It has always been a struggle to recruit because of the distance from anywhere but we are slowly opening up and going into a huge league will open more doors to us on the recruitment side of things,

“But we are really looking forward to the challenge. We already meetings lined up and we are going to try and really give a good account of ourselves in a really tough, tough league.”

While the Linnets have already released Ryan Fryatt and Nathan Fox – two of last season’s squad – they have already added to their winning formula by bringing in Alex Brown from Buxton Town.

Brown, signed during lockdown, has yet to kick a ball in anger for the Linnets and is unlikely to be the last new arrival over the next few weeks.

Striker Adam Marriott is still to agree new terms with the club for next season.

Talking to the Non League Football Show podcast, Culverhouse said: “We have kept the majority of the squad.

“I have always believed if you can keep a core group, who have got the club at heart, been at the club for a few years, know how we work, so that is what we have tended to do all the way through and what we have tried to do is to add a bit of quality around it, so adding one or two, no major overhauls.

“That is the way I have always gone about it. If you can keep the core group together, and then a little bit of quality – that is what we will look to do again this year, hopefully.”

The Linnets have yet to hear when the new National League season will commence, but whatever the date Lynn’s boss has promised that his players will be ready for kick-off.

The Lynn chief said: “All the players have been seen an off-season 30-day programme so they will work back from that and we will try and get a good six-week pre-season programme into them.

“As soon as we get the time frame obviously we will get cracking on that.

"But there is going to be a hell of a lot of work to do now to get us in place and ready for the new season because it is going to be a hell of a challenge, it really is.

“It was this year because I think we were favourites to go down early doors and the players really stood up.

“The game is all about the players and we are quite lucky at this end that we have got a special group.”

Culverhouse is no stranger to the National League, having been John Still’s number two at Dagenham and Redbridge before eventually picking up the job with the Linnets.

The former Norwich City defender also started with Barnet as a youth team manager, before stepping up as assistant manager to Still following the departure of Tony Cottee in 2001.

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