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Norwich City loanee hopes to keep shirt for King's Lynn Town's bank holiday games

After an energetic full debut and a goal against AFC Telford on Saturday, Alfie Payne hopes he has done enough to win himself a starting place for King’s Lynn Town’s Bank Holiday fixtures.

The high-flying Linnets host Curzon Ashton at The Walks tomorrow before travelling to take on Farsley Celtic on Monday.

Payne, who arrived on loan from Norwich City on the eve of the new season, smashed home Lynn’s third goal in the 3-1 victory at Shropshire, drawing praise from his manager.

Alfie Payne celebrates scoring Lynn's third goal. (15416149)
Alfie Payne celebrates scoring Lynn's third goal. (15416149)

The youngster said: “I’ve had to be patient and wait to get my chance in the team. I had to believe in myself when I got the opportunity and hopefully I’ve done that.

“The gaffer has given me my chance and from now on it’s about trying to keep the shirt, doing my best for King’s Lynn and getting the results we need.”

Reflecting on his debut goal, the 19-year-old said: “I always joke with my parents about scoring lots of goals in training, but haven’t found the back of the net much on the pitch.

“I’m used to playing more of a defensive role, so don’t normally get forward so much.

“The gaffer gave me a bit more licence to get forward by switching me to the number 10 role, so I was able to make the run in behind and they’re the sort of finishes that I have been doing in training.”

Talking about Payne, who is on a season-long loan from the Canaries, manager Ian Culverhouse said: “Alfie is a very talented kid who will only get better over the course of time.

“He has many attributes to his game and he shifts the ball quickly. He will be a great addition to the squad over the season.”

Lynn will be hoping to attract their third four-figure gate at home as they look to continue their fabulous start to the National League North season.

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