Bloomfield back at Linnets

Southern Premier promotion hopefuls King's Lynn have re-signed former Norwich youth striker Danny Bloomfield for an undisclosed fee.

Southern Premier promotion hopefuls King's Lynn have re-signed former Norwich youth striker Danny Bloomfield for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old finally agreed a contract until the end of the 2007/08 season after protracted talks with Ryman Premier play off contenders Heybridge Swifts.

Bloomfield was sold to Nationwide South pacesetters Histon in February 2006 after hitting 45 goals in 84 appearances during his second spell at The Walks.

Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins denied the club had smashed their own transfer record - Lyndon Rowland's £5,000 switch from Halesowen in November 1999 - to end the sharpshooter's brief two-month stint at Swifts.

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“It's a good deal less,” he said. “This is a great piece of business to bring in a proven centre forward. We've had very productive discussions with Heybridge over the last two and a half weeks. We did try and bring him back before he joined them but it would've been difficult to prise Danny out of Histon.

“This underlines both our ambition and commitment to take the playing side forward. Our wage bill at this level is unrivalled and that's reflected in the depth of the manager's squad. We've got players on the bench who were considered regulars last season. That could just be the difference between getting in the shake up again and promotion.”

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Linnets' boss Keith Webb insisted he is under no pressure to balance the books with defender Grant Cooper set for talks with Southern League rivals Maidenhead.

“The chairman and the board have been superb,” he said. “I'm under no pressure to let anyone go. It's now up to me and the players to deliver.

“Danny was on an excellent contract and he's made a lot of sacrifices to come here - that says a lot about where he's at and his ambition. When I first spoke to him originally before Christmas he'd already given his word to Heybridge and that tells you all you need to know about the man.”

Bloomfield trained with the squad after completing the formalities on his second homecoming.

“King's Lynn is the place for me,” he said. “Every time I've been here in the past things have just clicked. You talk to ex-players and they say you always find a club where you feel comfortable.

“I've been pushed from pillar to post recently and all I want to do now is settle down, build up my match fitness, stay out of the spotlight and do my job - which is scoring goals.

“When Keith first approached me I'd already given my word to Heybridge even though my heart said different.

“I still feel my best years are ahead under a manager who knows me. The club has always been ambitious on and off the park and its moving in the right direction. I speak to the likes of Mark Camm, Matt O'Halloran and Sam McMahon at least once a month so I knew exactly what's been going on.

“I've already been greeted by a few smiling faces and that will help me massively to settle back in. We've got a great chance of going up. There's no reason why we can't be in the mix.”

The former Southern League top gun is looking to finish a wretched season on a high.

“I scored six in ten for Histon at the start and from then on it's been a year to forget,” he admitted. “I really enjoyed my time at Histon. We got to the playoffs in my first six months and I was scoring goals. The manager had five strikers on the books and was trying to keep everyone happy. I wanted to stay in the side when I was playing well but he looked to shuffle it around.

“At Heybridge the manager asked me to do a job for the team in various roles and it was difficult to cement a position.”

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