FOOTBALL: Ian Culverhouse has added some real punch to his forward line for the new National League season.
As well as defender Dan Bowry, the King’s Lynn Town manager has brought in Swiss-born striker Gold Omotayo.
The 27-year-old started his football career as a teenager with Sport Academy Zurich as a goalkeeper. However, he gave up the game to try out a variety of martial arts, fighting professionally for a short time.
He returned to football at the relatively late age of 23 and joins the Linnets from Wrexham on a two-year contract. Omotayo moved to England in 2017 and played for Whitehawk before joining then-Football League side Bury. Since then he has appeared for Maidstone United, Yeovil Town, AFC Halifax Town and Gloucester. Linnets fans will have not-so-fond memories of the six-foot-four targetman, who scored twice for Wrexham against Lynn in May.
Omotayo said: “I am thrilled and delighted to have signed for the club and look forward to the season ahead.
“This is a fresh start for me and a big challenge and one I am looking forward to.
“I had no doubts once I had spoken with the manager that this is the right club to come and play my football at. My aim is to bring some physicality to the team as well as experience of the National League. I know that given a run of games in the side it will sharpen me up and the goals will follow.”
The Linnets also completed a deal to sign Dan Bowry on Wednesday. The free agent was with League Two side Cheltenham Town last season but spent a month on loan with National League side Wealdstone.
The 23-year-old Antigua and Barbuda international started his career with Charlton Athletic and has since played for Kingstonian, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Bath City.
He is the son of former Crystal Palace, Millwall and Colchester United midfielder Bobby Bowry.
Bowry said: “I’m a leader on the pitch and think of myself as a good one-on-one defender and that is something I’m looking to develop further to benefit the team.
“After having a look round the ground I felt I wanted to sign there and then. I can only imagine the noise that will be in there when the ground is full.”
Linnets director of football Rob Back said: “Dan comes with good experience at both League and non-League level.
“Once we talked to him it was clear he will help improve the squad and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Lynn fans should get the first chance to have a look at the new-look Linnets squad next week when the pre-season campaign kicks off.
MK Dons get the season under way at The Walks on Tuesday, 7pm, before the eager clash of Norfolk’s top two teams when Norwich City are the visitors next Friday.
The Linnets have added an extra fixture to their list of friendlies with a match against Heacham, as part of the new link-up between the clubs, on Tuesday, August 10, 6.45pm.
As well as a new-look line-up, Lynn will also have a fresh set of kits. The new home shirts remain blue with a splash of gold, and the away kit is predominantly yellow but there is now an alternative third kit, consisting of black and white striped shirts.
Charmed Interiors return for their second season of sponsoring the home kit and will also have their name across the front of the third kit.
Long term away shirt sponsor Barsbys Produce continue to support the club. Sister company of Charmed Interiors Salon@, based in Downham Market, are the club’s new back of shirt sponsor, with CollectSoccer remaining as sleeve sponsors.
Shirts are available from the club shop and are £50 (adult sizes, £42 for juniors).
Season tickets are also on sale from £360 and have been pegged at last season’s prices, although u16s will pay only £40 for theirs.
Match day admission prices have been increased in all sectors by £1 (other than u16s tickets, which are unchanged) and start at £17.