Linnets boss gets his man as ex-Norwich City midfielder returns

Cameron King in action for King's Lynn Town in 2018 Picture Sonya Duncan

Cameron King in action for King's Lynn Town in 2018 Picture Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Norwich City FA Youth Cup winner Cameron King has returned to The Walks in a major coup for boss Ian Culverhouse.

The 24-year-old’s move was the subject of much speculation after he turned down a new deal at National League FC Halifax in the summer because he wanted to play for a club closer to his Thetford roots.

King made only eight starts for Lynn in 2017-18 but left a big impression – especially on Culverhouse.

“It’s great to be back,” he said. “I have some good memories. I was only here for a short time and it obviously didn’t end the way I wanted to as we lost in the play-off final, but I can’t wait to get going. It was a big decision when I had to leave but obviously Ian Culverhouse not staying was one of the reasons I chose to leave at that time.

“A lot has happened in the last year and I wanted to be back closer to home. It was quite a trip for me. There was a bit of interest within the league but I think this is the right choice for me at this time. It is going to be a challenge, but I think we have a good side and obviously a great manager in charge.”

As well as the desire to return closer to his roots, the Culverhouse factor played a major part in King’s return.

“He is a massive part of it (decision),” he said. “I loved working under him, he’s a great manager. He is certainly a big part of it - another big part is that a lot of the team are ex-Norwich – I have played with probably half the team before so it is not like I am walking into a totally new changing room.”

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King’s two years with FC Halifax, which included helping them to the play-off semi-finals, could prove invaluable for the National League newcomers.

“When I went into the league when I first joined Halifax I didn’t really know what to expect. I struggled for the first few months to get into the team – maybe I wasn’t physically ready and then after that I turned into one of the main players and last year I thought for the first five or six months I was one of the better midfielders in the league.

“I know what the league is about, there are no easy games, it is full-on every game. It is a fight and there are some good players and some good sides. You have to turn up every single game and give 100pc otherwise you are going to get walked over. But I know about it now and hopefully that experience will help.”