FOOTBALL: New attacking midfield signing Sam Kelly says he is ready for the challenge of tackling the National League North with King’s Lynn Town.

The 25-year-old midfielder was one of three new arrivals at the Walks last month following spells with Hamilton Academicals, Braintree and Billericay last season.

And the attacking Huntingdon-based player is relishing the prospect of linking up with Ian Culverhouse for a second time in his career.

Kelly said: “I know the Gaffer from my scholar days at Norwich City. 

“It seems like he’s got a great thing going here, playing a good style of football that is attracting the fans.

“He was assistant to Paul Lambert when I was coming through as a scholar and I know the standards he will have set, just from the level he’s been at.

“He will have natural respect from all of the players and I’ve still got a lot to learn too.

“I’m nowhere near the finished article, so with Ian in the corner guiding and helping me with my game it is only going to make me better as a player and hopefully improve the club at the same time.”

Kelly, whose brother Ross played for the Linnets back in 2010/11, feels he has lots to offer the club.

“I like to get on the ball,” he explained. “I try to create and score as many goals as I can, but ultimately I want to help the team with whatever experience I have. 

“I can play behind the striker but I am also fast so more often than not I get pushed out wide because of my speed. 

“I can also play in the middle, where I like to make things happen.

“I spoke to my brother Dan who was at St Ives last season and he said that they barely touched the ball and that style of football suits me.

“It’s important that I can get back to enjoying my football and showing people what I am capable of. 

“I just want to get my head down and get a few games under my belt.”

l King’s Lynn Town Ladies open training begins with two sessions on Thursdays, starting on July 4 and 11 at River Lane playing fields between 6.30pm and 8pm.

New players are welcome but must be aged 16-plus.

Lynn Ladies’ Oksana Imanalijeva represented Lithuania in the Baltic Cup tournament in preparation for UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualifying. 

They beat Estonia 2-0 but fell to defeat by Latvia 2-0.