King’s Lynn signs former Norwich striker Jackson

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Former Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson meets with Ian Culverhouse in King’s Lynn Town as the Linnets continue to rearrange their squad to tackle financial challenges.

Former Canary Islands forward Gillingham and Coventry, 33, had recently signed for Chelmsford City only to end the National League South season early due to the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Canadian international will be joined in signing for Lynn by another former Norwich player, young midfielder Alfie Payne, 21, who was on loan at The Walks last season before his contract with City expired.

Chairman Stephen Cleeve has chosen to protect the club by putting six players on vacation using the government’s job retention program, with four more to follow that has led to a restructuring.

Bolton defender Jak Hickman recently came on loan and the two signings are arriving as Lynn holds a roster together after a 3-0 loss at Woking on Saturday that can wrap up the chaotic National League campaign.

Culverhouse knows all about Jackson, who signed for City for £ 750,000 in 2010 after a prolific stint at Gillingham when the Lynn boss was Paul Lambert’s assistant manager.

The fast forward is known to have scored the goal in Portsmouth that secured City’s place in the Premier League in 2011, scoring a total of 21 goals in 86 games.

In the 2012/13 season he moved to the German club Eintracht Braunschweig and has since played for a number of clubs, including Millwall, Coventry, Blackburn, Walsall and St. Mirren.

Football director Rob Back said on his club’s website: “We are very happy to have Simeon at the club. He has experience in the Premier League and Bundesliga and we are very grateful to have his services for the rest of the season. “

Norwich’s Payne is on loan from Lowestoft Town after the Southern League campaign was null and void earlier this year.


Alfie Payne on duty for King’s Lynn last season
– Photo credit: Ian Burt

He played 25 games to help Lynn move up from the National League North last season, scoring three goals and having a brief stint at Braintree earlier this season.

Back added, “We are excited to see Alfie return to The Walks. He was a big part of our promotion to the National League last season and we look forward to having him back at the club for the rest of the season. “

The Linnets will head to Wealdstone on Tuesday night, with the Stones three points ahead of them at the wrong end of the table after playing one more game.


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