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Linnets ease defensive problems with second new arrival in the space of a week

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King's Lynn Town have gone a long way to alleviating their defensive crisis at The Walks by completing the signing of Jake Kerins from Bury Town.

The highly-rated Kerins arrives at The Walks from the Bostik North Division outfit and Lynn's latest acquisition comes hot on the heels of centre-back Joe Robinson who put pen-to-paper for the club last week.

Long Melford v Bury Town - Bury Towns Jake Kerins.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191466)
Long Melford v Bury Town - Bury Towns Jake Kerins.Pic - Richard Marsham. (3191466)

Before last week, the Linnets only had five fully-fit defenders in their ranks.

Kerins, 20, will provide useful cover for long-term injury Aaron Jones who has undergone surgery on a troublesome knee problem

The versatile youngster, who can operate at right-back or in the heart of the defence, was part of the Mildenhall Town FA Trophy team that knocked the Linnets out of the FA Trophy at The Walks back in 2017/18.

Lynn submitted a seven-day approach for the former Shrewsbury trainee, who was part of the Sky Bet League One club’s academy for two seasons, earlier this week.

His final appearance for the Blues came for the club's under-23 development team on Tuesday, in their 1-0 home win over Enfield Town.

Earlier today, Bury Town board member Chris Ward told our sister paper the Bury Free Press: "Ben Chenery (Bury Town manager) spoke to him (Kerins) when the approach came in and it was clear Jake wanted to see what they had to say.

"So we gave permission for them to speak early, rather than have to wait the seven days and have this drag on.

"But, as it stands, I don't know what Jake wants to do, only that he was interested in talking to King's Lynn."

Ward added: “It would be sad to see him go. “We wouldn’t want to lose him, but we also can’t compete, if he wants to go, he will.

“I think Ben brought him in with the hope of him staying longer-term but if a higher-league team come knocking, there’s not much we can do about it.

“That’s why we decided to waive the seven-day approach, Jake said he wanted to talk to them so we decided it would be best to let him talk to them earlier, and draw a line under it, one way or another."

Regarded as a quick and strong attacking right-back, Kerins has made 19 appearances for Bury and scored two goals, after making the switch to Ram Meadow from Mildenhall, for whom he made 47 appearances last term.

He is expected to be in Lynn's squad for their Southern League Central trip to Royston Town on Saturday.

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