Former Norwich City forward Simeon Jackson reunites with Ian Culverhouse in King’s Lynn Town as the Linnets continue to shuffle their team to face financial challenges.

The former Canaries, Gillingham and Coventry forward, 33, had recently signed for Chelmsford City only to have the Southern National League season come to an early end due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Canada international is joined by another former Norwich player in Lynn’s signing, young midfielder Alfie Payne, 21, who was on loan at The Walks last season before his contract at City expired.

President Stephen Cleeve has chosen to protect the club by placing six players on leave, using the government’s job retention program, with four more expected to follow which led to a restructuring.

Bolton defender Jak Hickman was recently loaned out and the two signings come as Lynn works to keep a team together that can end the chaotic National League campaign, following a 3-0 loss at Woking on Saturday.

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

The quick striker scored the goal at Portsmouth who clinched City’s place in the Premier League in 2011, scoring 21 goals in 86 games in total.

He left in the 2012-13 season to join German club Eintracht Braunschweig, and has since played for a number of clubs including Millwall, Coventry, Blackburn, Walsall and St Mirren.

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

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

Alfie Payne in action for King’s Lynn last season
– Credit: Ian Burt

He made 25 appearances to help Lynn promote to the National Northern League last season, scoring three goals, and had a brief stint at Braintree earlier this season.

Back added, “We are delighted to welcome Alfie back to The Walks. He played a big role last season in helping us get promoted to the National League and we look forward to seeing him at the club for the remainder of the season.

The Linnets are due to travel to Wealdstone on Tuesday night, three points ahead of them at the wrong end of the table, having played one more game.


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