Heggs' new 'miracle' Linnets on launchpad
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs unveils his new look squad for the first time tonight in the club's opening pre-season test at Redditch (7.45pm).The Linnets' chief continued his close season revolution over the weekend with the captures of former Redditch and Barbados international striker Anthony Robinson and young forward Luke Edwards.
King's Lynn boss Carl Heggs unveils his new look squad for the first time tonight in the club's opening pre-season test at Redditch (7.45pm).
The Linnets' chief continued his close season revolution over the weekend with the captures of former Redditch and Barbados international striker Anthony Robinson and young forward Luke Edwards.
Heggs has also secured the services of ex-Leicester and Nottingham Forest physio Dean Wright and confirmed a final pre-season home date against last season's Blue Square Premier play-off contenders Histon at The Walks on August 1.
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"I'm good friends with the reserve manager and he has spoken to John Beck, who assures me that they will bring a very, very strong side," said Heggs.
"They finished in the play-offs so it will be a decent test for us because they haven't got another first team fixture that day. It's a bit of a local derby against a very good non-league team.
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"Everything they've achieved over these past few years is what we are trying to achieve.
"When I got to this club there was no pre-season fixtures, no players, no physio.
"We've brought in 14 and not one player is over 30 - and five have won the Conference North.
"They've got the medals to prove it and know what it's like playing in front of 150 on a cold, wet miserable midweek night.
"I've put together arguably the best side in the division. For the budget we've got to work with it's near enough a miracle."
Heggs' hardline stance has seen the first casualty of his regime with Rugby player-of-the-year Stephan Morley released.
"We got the contract in front of him and he asked for a little bit more so I told him where to go," said Heggs.
"I don't want anyone at my football club just for money. I want them with ambition.
"We'll have a look at the odd trialist because there is always room to improve the squad but it has to be the right one or two.
"I'm still chasing a couple of Championship loans but unfortunately I've got to wait maybe a week before the season.
"One of the lads is trying to get a higher level club but I want him here. He is an exceptional defender so we'll have to wait and be patient and sell the football club and myself."
Heggs has already started to mould his squad on the training pitch.
"This period is all about making sure players take on board the shape I want, the set piece work I want," he said.
"It's about getting the fitness they need, not picking up any injuries and gelling as a group. I had them out there on the training pitch for nearly six hours on Saturday doing set pieces from 10am to 3.30pm with a small break for lunch.
"I've proved I can get the organisational side right at Redditch because we finished 13th in the Conference North on a budget that was the same as what King's Lynn were playing one or two players.
"That is my greatest strength - making sure details are right on and off the pitch."