Renton boosts Linnets strikeforce
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn chief Keith Webb insists the arrival of Norwich loan signing Kris Renton is the perfect fillip after a week of turmoil at the cash-strapped Blue Square North club.
King's Lynn chief Keith Webb insists the arrival of Norwich loan signing Kris Renton is the perfect fillip after a week of turmoil at the cash-strapped Blue Square North club.
Webb confirmed both he and his assistant Lee Glover have agreed to a wage deferral along with the remainder of the squad while the club search for fresh investment after the departure of major backer Michael Chinn.
The move follows the midweek exits of defender Ben Chapman and player-of-the-year Joe Francis following clear-the-air talks over the financial situation at The Walks.
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“I really hope we can move forward because this has been difficult for everybody at the club,” said Webb. “We know there will still be tough times ahead but the players have remained really solid.
“Hopefully everything can now become a bit more stable. I wasn't happy about the manner in which Joe left but I knew about Ben and his situation for a while and, lets be honest, we might still lose one or two more because they have bills and families like anyone else.
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“If a better offer comes in from another club it's hard to ask them not to go but the one positive for me is that hopefully this brings the other lads even closer together. We've agreed to the deferral until the end of the season and in that period the club needs to try and get everything on a sound footing.”
Webb believes this coming summer heralds a watershed for non league football.
“I think the game will change and players have to realise the money isn't going to be there,” he said. “A lot of clubs will realise that the time has now come to cut their cloth accordingly. I keep saying how clubs like Burton and Histon are the way forward but it's true. You need to have a long term business plan - not rely on short-termism. You can't just gamble everything on hopefully getting gates or hopefully getting promotion. Football doesn't work like that.”
Webb is keen to re-focus on the club's weekend league trip to AFC Telford boosted by the initial one month loan arrival of Renton. The Canaries' youngest ever debutant had made three senior Carrow Road appearances before his blossoming career was cut short by a broken leg injury. Renton has notched nine academy goals in 11 starts for Ricky Martin's young Norwich side.
“We've got to thank Bryan Gunn and the people at Norwich because Kris is a young player with a great pedigree,” said Webb. “The injury has set his career back but this is perfect for him to come and play games. Norwich is still paying his wages so it really works for both parties. He scored a very good goal when we played them in pre-season at our place and he also watched our recent Harrogate game. I think he was impressed by the standard, I've spoken to him and he is a good, level headed lad. He knows this is not a step down but for him a step up in the sense that he can come and play regularly.
“We've got him for a month with an option for the rest of the season if it suits all parties but I don't want anyone to think this will hinder the progress of one of our young players like Dominc Dwyer. He will still be involved and if anything can learn of a player like Kris.”