FOOTBALL: Team rebuilding continues apace at The Walks, where King’s Lynn Town manager Ian Culverhouse moved quickly to replace Sonny Carey.
Two new players have joined the ranks with two more agreeing new contracts as the Linnets prepare to go full-time in the National League for the 2021/22 season.
Carey left West Norfolk last Friday to join Championship side Blackpool, after scoring 11 times in 75 appearances for Lynn following his move from Wroxham in 2019.
Culverhouse said: “Sonny is going to a good club with a manager who helps improve players. I feel Sonny still has a couple of gears he can go up and wish him all the best with a move he deserves”
Coming through the entrance doors at The Walks are striker Junior Morias and centre back Pierce Bird, while Aaron Jones and Kyle McFadden have signed new deals.
Morias, 25, joins from Scottish Premiership side St Mirren. He started his career with Fulham before making his professional debut with Wycombe Wanderers. He has also played for Hendon, St Albans City and Boreham Wood, where he scored the winning goal in the Conference South play-off final in 2015.
He later scored 10 goals in 45 games for Peterborough United and joined Northampton Town for a six-figure fee, before moving to St Mirren in August 2019. He was back at Boreham Wood on loan last season and, in total, has made 286 career appearances, scoring 60 goals.
Morias said: “I’m looking at this move as a rebirth. I’ve got experience of playing at this level with Boreham Wood and feel this can help me at Lynn.
“I’m a good finisher, will work hard for the team and can score all types of goals. I’ve heard good things about how the manager likes to play and good things about the fans.”
Culverhouse said “Junior brings good experience to the club, has played at a higher level and knows the National League. When he became available we jumped at the chance to bring him to the club. He will be a good threat and is hungry to do well.”
Bird, 22, arrives from National League rivals Eastleigh. The Nottingham-born Northern Ireland u21 international started his career with Dunkirk before joining Notts County in 2017, making 26 appearances in League Two and the National League.
He had loan spells at Leek Town, Alfreton Town, Grantham Town and Boston United before joining Eastleigh.
Bird said: “It’s a great opportunity for me to further establish myself at National League level. I had a good season with Eastleigh last season, playing 30 games in a side that only just missed out on a play-off place.
“When I found out that Lynn were interested in me, I was excited as from what I saw of them when I played against them they are a team who like to try to play football the right way, and that is something that really appealed to me.
“This was further confirmed when I spoke with Ian (Culverhouse) and from that point onwards the decision to join was an easy one. I am used to the full-time environment of football, having played at Notts County previously.
“I was impressed with the set-up at The Walks when I visited last season also and it will be good to play there as a home player with supporters back inside the ground.”
Lynn fans should get their first chance to see the new signings in action soon with the team’s first friendlies just 11 days away, with Milton Keynes Dons visiting The Walks on Tuesday, July 13, followed by Norwich City three days later.
Tickets for both fixtures are available from the club’s website – www.kltown.co.uk – but a limited capacity will be in operation due to Covid restrictions.
Fixtures for the new league season are due to be published next Wednesday at 1pm and the season will start on Saturday, August 21.
Online live streaming of all Lynn’s home games will continue to be in place for the 2021/22 Vanarama National League season, even though fans will be allowed back into the stadium.