Linnets determined to keep Nolan

Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins insists fringe striker Matt Nolan still has a future at the club.Bobbins confirmed Nolan has requested to speak to Barton Rovers after the Southern League, Division One Midlands outfit lodged an official seven day approach.

Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn chairman Ken Bobbins insists fringe striker Matt Nolan still has a future at the club.

Bobbins confirmed Nolan has requested to speak to Barton Rovers after the Southern League, Division One Midlands outfit lodged an official seven day approach.

Nolan has failed to nail down a starting spot in Keith Webb's table topping side but Bobbins denied the former Cambridge United frontman was being forced out.


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“To say Matt is surplus to requirements is absolutely not the case,” said Bobbins. “Whenever we get an approach for one of our non contracted players we go about it in the same manner. We inform the player and ultimately the decision rests with them. Matt and Keith had a long discussion at the end of which Matt indicated he wished to speak to Barton. He hasn't said he is going, but that is his right.

“We are constantly getting approaches for our players. People see we have a big squad here with lads not playing on the bench. We've had two or three such approaches for Danny Bloomfield, but we don't want to lose any of our players.”

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The club also released an official statement confirming Nolan remains a key part of Webb's front line mix. Nolan has notched four goals in 25 appearances for the club this season - 11 from the substitutes' bench. The cultured target man and close season recruit John Turner have played second fiddle to Jack Defty and top scorer Bloomfield in recent weeks.

Lynn's chairman expects the situation to be resolved prior to the club's Southern, League Premier Division weekend trip to Hemel Hempstead with Nolan now free to speak to Barton.

Bobbins reiterated none of Webb's promotion-chasing squad is guaranteed a starting spot.

“I think Matt is reasonably happy,” said Bobbins. “He's a fairly laid back character at the best of times but obviously he is not among the first choice strikers at present - that is evident for everyone to see. He hasn't indicated that he has any problem with that. All the players understand 100% what we are trying to achieve. I really feel it is the one thing that let us down in the last three or four seasons. We've suffered injuries and suspensions which have seen us fall at the final hurdle.”

Bobbins hinted Lynn's promotion-chasing squad could be strengthened yet further over the title run in.

“Yes, we are still looking to strengthen although there is nothing imminent,” he said. “It's no secret either that a striker is a main priority. Both Keith and Lee Glover are always on the look out.”

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