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King's Lynn Town striker receives advice from former FC Halifax colleague before clinching move to The Walks

Dayle Southwell has revealed how he received advice of a former Linnet before sealing a long-term deal with King’s Lynn Town earlier this week.

The frontman signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Linnets on Tuesday after being released by National League outfit FC Halifax.

Southwell told the Lynn News that teammate Cameron King, who had a successful spell at The Walks back in 2017/18, convinced him that Lynn is a great place to play his football.

Dayle Southwell after signing for King's Lynn Town. Picture: Greg Plummer (27441177)
Dayle Southwell after signing for King's Lynn Town. Picture: Greg Plummer (27441177)

The 26-year-old said: “I spoke to Cameron a couple of times and he told me that ‘if you go there you won’t regret it’.

“He said that Lynn are a team who like to play football and they’ve also got a very good manager.

“When you make a decision like this, it’s important to have second and third opinions.

“You need to hear and see what the club is like from an outside perspective and people who have already been here, so talking to Cameron was good and also very reassuring.”

Lincoln-based Southwell - who scored 54 goals in 87 appearances for Boston United between 2014 and 2016 - hopes to return to the kind of form that secured him a move into the Football League with Wycombe Wanderers four years ago.

By the end of the 2015-16, the frontman helped the Pilgrims to the play-offs, scoring 24 goals and receiving both the National League North Golden Boot and Boston's Player-of-the-Season award.

"I got to that level, but arguably it was a little too soon for me," admitted Southwell, who is due to make his Linnets bow at Blyth Spartans tomorrow.

"I've had a couple of injuries but I'm ready to kick on again now and it feels that King's Lynn is the perfect place for me to do that.

"Every player wants to play in a team that are performing really well and where spirits are high. I want to do my best to help King's Lynn achieve promotion.

"I feel fresh and ready to attack the last past of the season.

"It's not just about scoring goals, I believe I can bring a lot more to the table than just that, but ultimately as a striker you want to try to score as many times as you can."

Southwell's link-up with the prolific duo of Adam Marriott and Michael Gash is likely to send more fear through National League North defences.

"I spent a brief spell with Mazza when I was at Lincoln City," said Southwell.

"The pair of them have done well together at Lynn and I'm looking forward to playing in the same team."

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