Camm: I'm staying put
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn midfielder Mark Camm yesterday pledged his future to the Blue Square North club after a seven day approach from Boston United.The Linnets' second longest-serving player confirmed he is not interested in a move to the relegation-threatened Unibond Premier outfit.
King's Lynn midfielder Mark Camm yesterday pledged his future to the Blue Square North club after a seven day approach from Boston United.
The Linnets' second longest-serving player confirmed he is not interested in a move to the relegation-threatened Unibond Premier outfit.
Camm's public pledge came ahead of news the club's board had lined up two fresh investors to replace former major backer Michael Chinn.
“The gaffer has come out and said they want to talk to me but I'm not going anywhere,” said Camm. “I can't talk to the other club until after this weekend so I don't really know what else I can say. It's nice to know clubs value you and are interested in you but it would be a huge wrench to leave. This is my second home and probably my first home as well because I spend more time here than I do at home. It will be gut-wrenching when the time does come to leave - that happens to every player - but I hope not for a while yet.”
Camm admits Lynn's non league rivals could have looked to profit from the current financial uncertainty at The Walks.
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“Probably within the game word gets round about what might be happening off the field,” he said. “Clubs hear the rumours about players being unpaid or what have you and look at the situation but, as I say, I'm not interested. I spoke to the chairman recently and he is pretty confident the financial side of things can settle down and moving forward we will be okay. If anything, what has happened off the pitch has perhaps brought the squad even closer together.”
Camm forced his way back into Webb's starting line up for Lynn's recent top-of-the-table tussles alongside experienced new skipper Andy Johnson in central midfield.
“I feel comfortable playing with him,” said the 27-year-old. “I don't know whether it's just coincidence or not but I'd like to think we've put some decent performances in and helped the team pick up good results. We look nice and solid now but Rhino (Mark Peters) has also made a difference and perhaps it shows the value of experience. Over the last two years I can't remember us having to chop and change as much as this season. We've had plenty of injuries and suspensions and you can't underestimate how important that is - particularly in defensive areas.”
Camm is determined Lynn finish their maiden Conference North campaign on a positive note.
“The feeling within the changing room is that we have massively under-achieved,” he said. “Maybe there were a couple of games here and there you feel we could've gone on and picked up wins and that makes a huge difference. We've shown the players are here with how we have fared against the likes of Tamworth, who were top, Gateshead, who are top now, and Southport.
“Getting that first goal against Gateshead was a big turning point the other week. It takes a deflection off the defender and flies past his own keeper. The week before it would've gone wide but we then get a second goal and that gave us the confidence to go on and win. We expected to beat Southport on Saturday and although it didn't happen we more than matched them. Hopefully if the financial side is sorted out we can build a platform for the rest of this season to kick on again.”
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Lynn's Blue Square North rivals Harrogate have taken their entire squad off the transfer list.
The play-off contenders put all their players up for sale earlier this month after Town's squad rejected a pay cut but the club has since off-loaded two senior players to ease pressure on the wage bill.