It's teenage kicks all the way for Linnets boss

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is confident of agreeing a loan extension for young Norwich City striker Kris Renton ahead of today's final game of his short-term spell at Fleetwood.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn boss Keith Webb is confident of agreeing a loan extension for young Norwich City striker Kris Renton ahead of today's final game of his short-term spell at Fleetwood.

Webb confirmed talks are at an advanced stage between the Norfolk clubs to extend the teenager's initial one-month stay at The Walks until the end of the Blue Square North season.

Canaries' chief Bryan Gunn watched Renton in last weekend's 1-0 home win over Stalybridge Celtic and Webb revealed the Carrow Road outfit are prepared to let the Scottish youth international remain on loan.


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"At the moment we are in negotiations with Norwich and there is a little bit more that needs to be done in terms of red tape," said Webb. "It's been taken out of my hands slightly, but all parties are agreeable. We just have to look at one or two regulations regarding the loan, but the plan is he would be here for the rest of the season.

"Kris has got better as the games have gone on and I think coming here showed him another side to the game that he needed to add to his repertoire. The more he plays at our level the better he will become. He can go on to have a good career but it's down to him. I've seen one or two things that he needs to add to his game which I've talked to him about and hopefully he'll take those things on board. Then he'll have a chance."

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Webb confirmed his own future is set to become clearer later this month ahead of planned talks with Linnets' chairman Ken Bobbins. The former Norwich youth team chief's initial two-year contract expires in the summer.

"The chairman has said he'll sit down with me in a couple of weeks and we'll discuss what is going to happen," said Webb. "Depending on what the club says and what the situation is will dictate what I do. I can't speculate at this minute in time what the club is going to say, but obviously it's been a traumatic three or four months for everybody so there are big decisions that have to be made about personnel.

"It's not an ideal situation and no-one wants to be in this position in the present economic climate, but the club will let me know where they are at and then I have to act. I wouldn't want to walk away as I think there is more to do here to be honest and a lot of work that still has to be done - but that is not down to me. It's down to the club and what they want so I can't really comment until I've spoken to the chairman and Neil (Featherby)."

Webb's immediate priority is sparking another unbeaten run over the final month of this campaign after Droylsden's 1-0 win on Monday ended the club's recent impressive spell.

Striker Julian Joachim is expected to be fit after a toe injury forced Webb to leave him in reserve at the play-off chasing Bloods. Charlie Defty is back on reserve duty, but Greg Crane returns to the squad after missing the midweek defeat.

"Jockey had a sore toe and that caused me not to put him on," said Webb. "It's a fresh injury he got against Stalybridge, but I've spoken to him and he says it feels much better so hopefully he will be okay. As a manager I would think probably we deserved something out of the Droylsden game. If you spoke to their manager he would think probably not - it was one of those. We paid a price for the long journey and that might be a factor again this weekend.

"Fleetwood have kicked on and will be a very different team to the one we played at the start of the season. We can expect nothing less than a really tough game. The players weren't too downbeat after Monday, though, and we've been on a good run so let's try and get another one going until the end of the season."

Lynn (from): Howie, Graham, Smith, Peters, Thomas, Camm, Kelly, Fisk, Johnson, Renton, J Defty, Dwyer, Joachim, Mitchell, Crane, Murray.

Blue Square match odds: Fleetwood 5/6, Lynn 5/2, draw 5/2.

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