WISBECH Town have been dealt a double blow by fierce rivals King’s Lynn who agreed terms with midfielder Callum Reed on Monday and are confident that skipper Paul Cousins will also join them later this week.
It is second time lucky for Lynn in Reed’s (left of the two pictures) case as they tried to sign the former Peterborough United youth player earlier this year.
The 20-year-old Reed stayed at Wisbech possibly because he was already cup-tied for the FA Vase but also commented that he felt it was a sideways move.
He has also been attracting the attention of Cambridge United and one of his former clubs Stamford AFC were also believed to be interested in resigning him.
Joint King’s Lynn Town boss Kevin Boon said: “Gary Setchell and myself have been a big admirer of Callum for some time and it’s no secret that we wanted to bring him in last season during our run in the FA Vase.
“We made him an offer which he couldn’t refuse and he is delighted to be signing.”
On the move for Cousins, Boon said: “We’ve made Paul a good offer, but it’s a big decision for the lad and he has promised us an answer by Thursday.
“We respect the fact that he wants some time to think about it before giving us a definite answer.”
The 29-year-old Cousins (right) is considering making the shock move after revealing he is not happy with things behind the scenes at the club.
If he does decide to leave it will be a bitter pill for not only the supporters but manager Steve Appleby too.
Cousins has already met with the Lynn management and commented: “I am very undecided about whether I will go or not. It is not money orientated because if it was I would have signed last week. I’ve always wanted to play in the UCL and I might not get a better chance than this to win it.
“It will be very difficult for me to leave Wisbech but I am not happy with one or two things behind the scenes at the club. It is nothing to with Steve or Chris Dear or the playing side but I do not want to elaborate at the moment.
“Lynn got in touch with me the day after the cup final and I have already had a meeting with them.”
Cousins’ possible defection along with Reed to the “old enemy” could not come at a worse time for Appleby as he looks to build on last season’s success and go for the Ridgeons title next season.
Appleby said: “I felt it would be hard to hold on to Callum with all the interest from Cambridge United and have already been in touch with possible replacements. But in Cousins case it is a real surprise.
“You want a nucleus of local players in the team and Cousie is the heartbeat of the side on and off the pitch and on that score will be difficult to replace. We had four very good centre halves last season with him, Reevo, Fairweather and Cartwright but if he does go it will leave a big void.
“It is not a big surprise that Lynn have come in for him as they have been trying to get him for the last six months. But Cousins has always stated how much he dislikes our biggest rivals and it will be a bitter pill to swallow if he chooses them, but money talks in local football.
“I know he is not happy with one or two things at the club but Chris and I have spoken to him to try and keep him here. He is a big favourite with the fans and I can hope a few pulls on the heart strings may make him decide to stay. With Jon Fairweather away until September I will have to bring in cover if Paul does go.”
Cousins has left Wisbech once before in June 2008 just 15 months after he joined the club from March Town. He signed for Dereham Town then but was back at the club after just three months of the season when Wisbech bought out his contract.
For many fans Cousins is Mr Wisbech and last October when Lynn made their first attempt on signing him he said it would be a move downwards to join Lynn.
Director Dick Creasey, who brought Cousins to the club in 2007, said: “I would be quite happy to talk to Paul about any problems he has with the club as he is a player we do not want to lose.”