Bloomfield boost

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn top gun Danny Bloomfield has committed his future to the Blue Square North outfit. Linnets' chief Keith Webb confirmed the 25-year-old will stay at The Walks after holding crunch talks.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn top gun Danny Bloomfield has committed his future to the Blue Square North outfit.

Linnets' chief Keith Webb confirmed the 25-year-old will stay at The Walks after holding crunch talks.

The Ipswich-based predator had voiced fears over the increased travel involved with Lynn's conference bow.


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“Danny knows where his bread is buttered,” said Webb. “I think he had over-estimated some of the travel. It's not that much extra from what we had to do in the Southern League. I said to him quite simply he had a choice. Whether to stay or go. I wasn't going to pressure him but I needed a decision.

“From a purely player point of view I'm absolutely delighted to keep someone in the squad who scored 20 odd goals last season. He'll find it a little bit more difficult next season but he is a natural goalscorer and they are the hardest to find. He might not be in a game and then pop up with one or two. To replace Danny would be a tough task.”

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Webb has also warned fellow striker Matt Nolan it is make your mind up time with the attacker stalling on a fresh deal.

“That situation hasn't moved on but, again, there will come a point when he needs to give me a yes or a no,” said Webb. “I'm still looking for players and if I identify ones I feel are better than what we have I'll bring them in. It's the same for Matty, Danny or any of the current squad. They all know what we are trying to build here. The aim next season is to do as best as we can.

“I'm not going to say we can win the league but given an opportunity we can make an impact and who knows where that can take us. We've worked ever so hard to get out of the Southern League and we're not going to settle for consolidation. We want to get this club into the football league.”

Webb is working hard on attracting new recruits. Lynn had a club record bid for Cambridge City hitman Michael Gash rejected in January. The Linnets' boss admitted he is monitoring the 27-goal striker's current situation after the Lilywhites were demoted to the Southern Premier.

“He's obviously a player who is going to be heavily sought after,” said Webb. “You only have to look at the number of goals he scored last season. But he is contracted to Cambridge City. The manager there helped me out last season and I certainly wouldn't go behind his back. It's not one we are pursuing because it's down to the player. At the end of the day if he feels his future lies at a different club then that is for him to decide. I was close to bringing in someone just before the weekend but it fell through so we'll keep going and keep looking.”

Lynn lost out on two lucrative league derbies when Boston United's demotion from the conference set up was confirmed at a FA appeal hearing. The Pilgrims will begin the new campaign in the Unibond Premier.

“I'm a little bit disappointed for the fans mainly,” said Webb. “It would've bee nice for them to have a local derby. I don't know what has gone on but you really feel for their supporters. They were only in the league two years ago and were still getting decent crowds last season. No one likes to see that fall from grace. Halifax is another club with a great tradition. It's a lesson for any club. I know they'll be managers that come after me at King's Lynn. I'm just the custodian now but what we don't want to do is over stretch ourselves and the club ends up paying for it down the line.”

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