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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: July 01, 2022, 06:11:43 PM »
So we have our first new face and slightly underwhelming that it is a step 3 centre half which, however good he turns out to be, doesn't help the balance of the squad.  Presumably at least one more needs to go (I guess the likely candidate is Bowry and also maybe at least one of Altintop/Fleming) before we can address the shortfall in midfield and up front?

Interesting to see where the few of last seasons squad who we haven't re-signed will be playing next season, only 4 staying at step 1 (Barrows, Gyasi and loanees Phipps & McGavin) so no real surprise that we struggled, still not convinced that full-time is the right option for the club at this point in time but I guess you could say that it is an indication that SC is backing TW.  Thankfully it seems that all of the new signings are single year deals so not tying our hands for 2023-24.

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News of former Linnets / Brett McGavin
« on: June 30, 2022, 07:43:19 PM »
Brett McGavin signs for Torquay https://torquayunited.com/live-text-incoming/   19:30

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 30, 2022, 07:07:49 PM »
Would like to see some new faces but do think Cam is a good signing.

Wouldn't disagree that Cam is a good signing for step 2 and even with him I think we are still short in midfield but comparing the current squad (standing at 17) with the squad that we had last time we were at this level I think we are a probably well short.  Appreciate there is something to be said for continuity and TW and the players will know what to expect from each other, the real question is whether they are good enough collectively at the level we find ourselves at.

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 30, 2022, 06:25:08 PM »
Club have announced Cam Hergreaves has signed for 2022-23 https://www.kltown.co.uk/2022/06/30/cam-hargreaves-signs-extension/

Starting to get worried now that we won't see any 'new' faces, understand the argument that all of last seasons squad were playing at step 1 last season so will naturally be 'better' this season against step 2 sides but really thought the squad needed more of a rebuild that TW seems to think - has he seen much NLN football?

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General Discussion / Re: Clunan Stays.
« on: June 27, 2022, 06:10:03 PM »
As I have said previously, Aaron Jones can play as RB, RWB or as Midfielder similar to Michael Clunan. He has rarely been used in such a role but showed he can in his Trial before he signed for Lynn. That could even up the imbalance of Defenders/Midfield.

Not sure TW favoured a back 3 and moving Aaron into midfield would probably mean having to start Fleming at right back, might work for a game or two to cover injury / suspension but wouldn't be my choice as plan A for the season.

GS - as much as Brett improved under TW (thought he was poor under IC) I just think we need a bit more experience in the heart of midfield and after last season I felt the club really needed half a dozen new faces to freshen up / improve the squad, doesn't look like we will get that many changes but still think any now added should be new to the club, TW was in recruitment prior to coming to Lynn so should have some contacts

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General Discussion / Re: Clunan Stays.
« on: June 27, 2022, 02:10:33 PM »
Great news that Clunan is staying.  Club has put itself in a difficult position, by staying full-time this has raised expectations that we are looking to go straight back up but all the off the field previously are still with us and unlikely BP can sort all of them out before the end of the season.  Realistically a mid-table / top half finish would be a good result and then look to sort the squad out next summer preferably with good part-time players rather than those who are full-time but probably shouldn't be.

As for the squad this season, I still think we are carrying one too many defenders although maybe we will look to loan out at least one of Fleming/Altintop if McFadden is fully fit.  Midfield, even with the addition of Clunan looks paper thin and hopefully the departure of Sundire will mean we are getting one, if not two, proper NLN standard players to play alongside Micheal.  Forwards too look weak but not sure there will be the budget to bring a quality signing in, maybe TW is hoping that playing against a lower standard of opposition means that some combination of Omotayo, Barrett, Charles and Walker can produce enough goals, personally I have my doubts.

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General Discussion / Re: ALL quiet on the kings lynn front
« on: June 24, 2022, 11:14:36 AM »
We can confirm that defender Pierce Bird has today joined @AFCFylde for an undisclosed fee.

https://bit.ly/3OoDo9p

Wishing you all the best Birdy

#WeAreLynn // kltown.co.uk //

Maybe we can now increase our offer to Clunan in an attempt to get him to stay. Last rumour I heard, we were a long way off what other Clubs are prepared to pay.

Probably the least surprising departure, although I thought he would go to a NL club but I guess Fylde will be one of the more fancied sides in NLN next season.  Still think there may be a couple more departures which would give TW some wriggle room to balance the squad.

As for Clunan maybe fans and club (TW) see his value differently, would certainly leave a huge hole in the squad imo.  Given that no-one can officially sign until 1st July we may hear more towards the end of next week?

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General Discussion / Re: Volunteers
« on: June 20, 2022, 02:00:03 PM »
Lots of clubs going down the consultative route, saw this on the Salford site last week https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/soul-of-salford-launch/   For those that are questioning the volunteer / fan involvement process, can I just ask why you think it works at other clubs but hasn't / won't work at Lynn?

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 20, 2022, 01:46:38 PM »
Not seen this posted elsewhere, SC was on the Chris Goreham show on Radio Norfolk on Thursday morning predominately to speak about the events licence but at the end of the interview he was asked about how the squad was shaping up and said he was expecting another couple (up to four) signings but there would be a couple leaving prior to this.  I think both of those numbers are on the low side but maybe TW is happier with the current squad than I am, ultimately he responsible for performances on the pitch this season and his job depends on getting that balance right.

Link to the Radio Norfolk show here - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0c8hz97 interview around 1hr 55mins in.

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 15, 2022, 06:05:52 PM »
We've signed Barrie!  :welcome:

Appreciate that this was probably said in jest but for me he is potentially the biggest signing since the Warrington game and it has come three years too late - the club wasn't ready for step 2 off the field then and little has changed since.  I just hope that the club (SC) and the fanbase support what he is proposing as no doubt it will take time to put things in place and it would be unreasonable to assume his can fix everything but has to be better than the current 'built on sand' club that we currently have.
hes 71 so i wouldnt expect miracles and don't get your hopes up too much.What I find strange is that he announced his plans before he had any idea what state the club finances were in.I would have thought knowing what you can spend and what you cant spend is important when having plans but maybe not.I hope its not another fly by the seat of your pants adventure.Tony its 6 years too late not 3.

I personally think it a (minor) miracle that SC has got Barrie in in the first place, that isn't getting my hopes up but just thankful that for the first time since reformation the club actually looks like it has someone in a senior position with some experience and knowledge to put  in place the structures that are required, appreciate that is still a long way from actually implementing the changes necessary but it is a start. 

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 15, 2022, 01:27:23 PM »
We've signed Barrie!  :welcome:

Appreciate that this was probably said in jest but for me he is potentially the biggest signing since the Warrington game and it has come three years too late - the club wasn't ready for step 2 off the field then and little has changed since.  I just hope that the club (SC) and the fanbase support what he is proposing as no doubt it will take time to put things in place and it would be unreasonable to assume his can fix everything but has to be better than the current 'built on sand' club that we currently have.

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 14, 2022, 05:36:15 PM »
I'd have Mazza back in a flash a proven goal scorer at the level we will now be playing at,local ,loved by the fans and bound to enhance the crowd, surely it's a no brainer?
Then again we talking about Kings Lynn and I'm not sure who owns the brain😂

I guess money would form part of the decision, also having turned down an offer to stay in the NL with Barnet, Mazza probably thinks he would attract offers from other NL sides?

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General Discussion / Re: Ticket prices announced.
« on: June 14, 2022, 05:33:46 PM »
Quite a short post, and havenít posted in a while.

I was priced out of getting a season ticket last year, but planned to still go to about 80% of games. I went to 2.

With a pay freeze and rising costs, I couldnít justify spending that much on leisure time with three kids. Not that I couldnít afford it, but it simply wasnít value for money for a day out. So I stopped going.

When this years prices came out, I came to the realisation that Lynn just arenít my team anymore. Kind of gone off football in general. Itís a shame, but how it is.
Agree with you on that unfortunately will not be going to Lynn anymore. Real shame but as you said cannot justify paying that much for a pastime. Wish Lynn all the best but will not be there to see any if it

Mike / LL, can understand your position, always difficult to hear about fans no longer thinking of going to games but what do you think the club can do at this point to turn this around and make a Saturday at the Walks a more attractive proposition again?  Jesus (and NW) have pointed at the club being take, take, take which I think it would be fair to say has been the position under both regimes since reformation but with little to no infrastructure having been put in place going up to step 1 was always going to be a big ask and with COVID adding additional debt the club is maybe now facing it's biggest challenge.  On the plus side I think BP could be a great addition but turning things around has to be seen as a long term project and it is then a question as to whether both SC and the fanbase will both stick around long enough for the necessary changes to be put in place and start to bear fruit.  I guess we will see indications over the coming weeks as to whether BP has been successful in recruiting suitable volunteers and if they are the right people and whether they can have an impact in helping moving the club forward.

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General Discussion / Re: Comings and goings?
« on: June 14, 2022, 01:17:09 PM »
Gris, did you miss the retained, option taken, released list and subsequent press releases about Jones(x2) and Coulson?  Currently we have 18 players signed and still waiting on an announcement on Clunan.  Personally I am expecting a few more out of the door (still no news on Gyasi?) to free up the space and budget for TW to turn that player list into a squad, still plenty of time before the start of the season to add players, particularly where we are in the pyramid.

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General Discussion / Re: Volunteers
« on: June 12, 2022, 09:08:30 AM »
Personally I think this is a positive move if, as B&G says, BP can get some the right applicants, which I guess is always the issue and no doubt there will be bumps along the way.  At least it seems that with BP on board the club is finally looking to build some sort of the infrastructure that is necessary at step 2.

In terms of volunteers vs paid staff, I think many of the positions would suit a keen volunteer who is genuinely committed to the role over a 'doing it for the money' person and again B&G is right that a functioning supporters club could have a role there.  Equally there are a couple on the list that probably should be part-time paid roles but I think it's clear the club isn't rolling in money so maybe BP is seeing what he gets and then may need to supplement this with some paid staff?

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