Smith rejoins Lynn with new challenge

Paddy Davitt Kings Lynn boss Keith Webb yesterday challenged old boy Adam Smith to recapture his best form after completing a move from Coca Cola League One Peterborough.

Paddy Davitt

Kings Lynn boss Keith Webb yesterday challenged old boy Adam Smith to recapture his best form after completing a move from Coca Cola League One Peterborough.

Smith has agreed a deal to return to The Walks until the end of the current Blue Square North season after terminating his London Road contract by mutual consent.

The ex-Norwich City academy youngster goes straight into Webb's squad for tomorrow's trip to Stalybridge Celtic.

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Smith failed to make the first team breakthrough at Peterborough after linking up with ex-Lynn boss Tommy Taylor following a successful spell at The Walks.

“Smudger will give us an extra dimension,” said Webb. “He's a left footed player who can operate anywhere down that side or tucked in on the left of midfield.

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“But I've made it quite clear to him he has a fight on for his place. We have two good players in those positions doing the business so he has a very, very difficult task.

“He had a setback at Norwich when he was released and got his career going again here. Now he's had two knockbacks but knowing the sort of character he is I expect him to come back stronger. In life you have tough times and it's how you respond to those.”The 22-year-old struggled to impress during a brief loan stint at The Walks last season after an injury-hit Peterborough spell.

“We've had a chat and he knows he fell a long way short of what I expect when he was here last time,” said Webb. “If he shows me that again he won't be at the club long but, to be fair, Adam knows that himself.

“When you come in as a loan player it's difficult. You don't really belong to that club and probably don't feel a part of it. He'd had a few injuries and maybe his confidence had taken a knock as well. I want him to knuckle down and show everyone what he is capable of.”

Webb also released midfielder Steve Melton on a hectic day at The Walks. Melton made 24 appearances in Lynn's Southern League, title winning campaign last season but had been restricted to a bit part role in the opening weeks of their Conference bow.

“I looked at my central midfield options, with the likes of Ben Sedgemore and David Bridgwater, and felt we had much of a muchness,” he said. “I told Steve I didn't feel he would start many games here. I would like to thank Steve for his services to the club while I have been in charge. He was a great servant and he we wish him all the best in his future career. If I can help get him fixed up I will and I've already spoken to other managers to make them aware of the situation.”

Webb is ready to wheel and deal again after confirming the impending transfer deadline next week only applies to clubs in Conference National and higher.

“With that being the situation I will keep looking,” he said. “I'm in talks with people at present but there is nothing imminent. My aim is to get King's Lynn challenging for the play-offs.

“If we feel we need to change one or two of the players here I will do. We've brought Smudger in now and I don't want people to think we are happy to stop there.”

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