‘I’ve got unfinished business with the Linnets,’ says King’s Lynn Town signing Sam Gaughran
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:37 06 July 2015
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Defender Sam Gaughran admits his burning desire to give something back to the Linnets helped influence his Walks’ return.
The centre-back earned a shot at the professional game with Peterborough United in 2007 following a string of promising displays for the now defunct King’s Lynn. And while it didn’t work out at Posh, Gaughran has since gone on to enjoy a fine career in the non-league game with Lowestoft Town. However, the 25-year-old walked out of Crown Meadow last week with a year left on his contract to drop a level and head back to the place where it all began – three years after initially snubbing an emotional reunion despite agreeing terms.
King’s Lynn Town’s new recruit said: “Whatever happened before happened. Things didn’t come about, but I’m glad to be back. I’ve definitely got unfinished business and I want to have a good season. This is my hometown. I come from Lynn, played for the youth team, the reserves, the first team and then went off to Peterborough. It’s nice to be back and hopefully we can do something special with my hometown club.”
The Peterborough youth-team coach, based in the Cambridgeshire city, ended his successful stint in Suffolk due to increased work commitments and the travelling demands of playing in National League North. Playing for Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Lynn will save him more than at least two hours, each way, for the twice-weekly commute to training – let alone the vast time reclaimed on a matchday with his new club taking on teams like Histon and St Neots.
Gaughran’s new boss Gary Setchell said of his arrival – thought to have cost only the reimbursement of his wages since the end of last season: “It’s a monster coup – four years later. Me and (former joint boss) Kevin Boon tried to sign him, then obviously I thought I had (2012). We’re talking again now (laughing) so we’ve managed to get the deal done. He couldn’t do Lowestoft because of the travelling. Credit to him. He’s had better offers. But in his words to me, he felt like he owed us one.”
Listen to more from Gaughran on Friday’s West Norfolk Sports Podcast.