City loan star’s success shows how vital National League decision is to Linnets
PUBLISHED: 12:54 17 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:54 17 May 2020
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Norwich City youngster Simon Power was a big hit during his short loan stint at King’s Lynn Town - but any hopes of a return may hinge on the Linnets’ promotion dream.
Lynn are anxiously awaiting a decision from the National League on how it is to end the season.
If an announcement, expected early next week, goes in Lynn’s favour and they are promoted, Power could be back for a longer stint – and the chances of getting more budding young professionals to join him will increase too.
The 22-year-old moved to The Walks after a loan spell at Ross County failed to work out – and he was an instant hit with manager Ian Culverhouse’s side, making a sensational debut in the huge home win over York City before the Covid-19 pandemic brought an abrupt end to his loan spell.
The situation was laid bare by his agent, Norwich-based lawyer and player representative Dan Chapman.
“The brutal reality is if Lynn were in the National League the ability to attract players on loan would be much easier, in terms of players of a certain calibre,” said Chapman.
“It is very difficult for Simon and many players to know where we are – I don’t know when pre-season is going to be, when the season is going to end, when windows are going to open, but we will look to carry on the momentum that Simon was building and if that’s helping King’s Lynn in the National League that would be wonderful.”
Power was a raw talent, more used to rugby than football, when he left Ireland to join Norwich in January, 2018, and Chapman said he warned the youngster that life at Lynn wouldn’t be a pushover.
“I remember speaking to Simon before he joined and said ‘don’t think this is going to be easy, this is hard, you are going to get kicked and the pitches aren’t always to your liking’,” he added, speaking to Lynn owner Stephen Cleeve’s ‘I Bought a Football Club’ podcast.
“To be fair to him he got his head down and did his best and had the right attitude and I think professional clubs like Norwich learn a lot from the resilience of these players when they send them out on loan to see how they deal with it and adapt, it is so beneficial to have experience of a Saturday afternoon with the pressure of people paying their mortgages and winning games that really matter.”