It is not often a player staying with a club is celebrated more than a signing, writes Gavin Caney.
Yet that’s exactly what happened when it was confirmed Adam Marriott was staying with King’s Lynn Town ahead of their maiden National League campaign.
It seemed for all the money in the world that ‘Mazza’ would never be seen in a blue and gold shirt again. The 29-year-old hadn’t committed his future to the Linnets, while almost all of his team-mates had, after their National League North title-winning heroics.
And, given he’d bagged a monumental 58 goals in 76 appearances to help Lynn clinch back-to-back promotions to the highest tier of non-League football, it seemed another shot at the big time was coming for the frontman.
Yet the expected Football League move didn’t materialise and neither did other attempts to prise the 2019/20 National League North golden boot winner away from The Walks.
His decision to continue plying his trade in West Norfolk is a monumental one for his side’s hopes of adapting to the bright lights of what many of us still fondly call the Conference.
Boss Ian Culverhouse has already added to his squad as they prepare for the step up. But what’s stood the Linnets in such good stead over the past couple of seasons is familiarity.
The core of the group and the way they play has, in the main, remained and that’s allowed confidence and momentum to continue as the surge up the pyramid scaled never-before-seen heights for the old or reformed Lynn.
Marriott and Michael Gash’s formidable partnership has played a giant part in that phenomenal rise. Their understanding and differing qualities provide a package that has terrorised defences and there’s no reason to suggest it won’t be the same next season.
The pair have experience of this level and higher and, if Town want to pose a threat, it’ll be better that Gash hasn’t got to learn how to play with a new partner – one who would have to go some to get anywhere near Mazza’s goalscoring exploits.