Heggs has no fear of Linnets rivals
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs insists the Linnets fear no-one ahead of the Unibond Premier Division kick off.Heggs was yesterday working on clinching one final loan signing to complete his summer squad overhaul ahead of Stocksbridge's visit to The Walks on Saturday.
King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs insists the Linnets fear no-one ahead of the Unibond Premier Division kick off.
Heggs was yesterday working on clinching one final loan signing to complete his summer squad overhaul ahead of Stocksbridge's visit to The Walks on Saturday.
But the Lynn chief is already confident he has the personnel to challenge for promotion and an instant Conference return.
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“A lot of sides in this league have paid a lot more money than I've got,” said Heggs. “I look at my team and we're capable of doing some really good things this season. With the budget I've had, I've managed to get every player that I need. I look at Brackley, who we played recently, and they had probably double my budget and there is not one player I would have taken into my squad.
“I'd be staggered if there is a better centre-forward in this league than Gareth Sheldon, or a better wide player than Owen Story or two better young midfielders than Callum Lloyd and Matty Birley. Don't get me wrong, if the chairman gave me another grand a week I'd go out and get two players on �500 but I'm more than happy with my squad. You do hear about the sides who have spent money, the likes of FC United, Durham, Nantwich, and they probably have got more than my budget but I haven't got time to worry about other teams.”
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Heggs is fine tuning Lynn's preparations on the training ground this week after a full debrief from his scout on the club's opening day Yorkshire visitors.
“He watched Stocksbridge against Brigg Town at the weekend and he's also seen them once previously this summer,” he said. “I wanted to get the lowdown, their strengths and weaknesses, who the good players are, what they do at set pieces, who to look out for and how we can best exploit those areas.
“That's what we're working on this week but I don't fear anybody. This is just to make sure we're better prepared than the opposition.”
Heggs is preaching caution despite Lynn's upward pre-season curve.
“It was never about results although they are nice if they come, believe you me,” he said. “But as Norwich proved, it's not the be all and end all. It was about the players understanding the shape and what we expect.
“Our first goal at Rugby came from a set piece we have worked on for five weeks - Shelly pulls off at the near post and we've got all the big ones in and around the keeper so he can't come for it.
“At times when we've made one mistake the lads have been punished but the positives are we are unbeaten in the final three games. We scored eight goals in those matches and Shelly has finished with something like seven in total. He was the key to everything that has happened at this football club. When I got the job I was just desperate to sign him and luckily enough I did.”