Ex-Wisbech Town captain Cousins reveals why he joined King’s Lynn Town
EX-WISBECH Town skipper Paul Cousins has insisted the chance to link up with former boss Gary Setchell at King’s Lynn Town was too good to resist.
The experienced centre-back completed an acrimonious move last week from his hometown club to work again with who he describes as the best manager he’s played for in his non-league career.
Cousins said: “Setch is obviously a big pull for me.
“I said when he left Wisbech that I would love to work with him again and when he was here before we used to speak every other day.
“For me, I would even say he is the best manager I have worked with in 13 or 14 years of Ridgeons League football. He’s a very, very good manager who knows his stuff.
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“I don’t want any hard feelings towards Wisbech but I just found it a bit strange that one week the people at Wisbech were slagging me off and saying I have moved for the money and the previous week they were saying what I had done for the club and how important I was.
“It was disappointing to hear those things but I’ll just let people get on with it and make up their own minds.”
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Cousins, 28, is adamant he did not cross the local football divide for financial reward.
“I want to put the money thing to bed,” said Cousins.
“Wisbech feel they are a club going places. I look at it and think King’s Lynn are too – but perhaps in a bigger way. I think Wisbech might find it harder than they realise next season.
“I look at the two leagues and probably the top four or five in the United Counties League (UCL) are as strong as the top five in the Ridgeons. Maybe the lower teams in the UCL are not as strong.
“I haven’t played UCL football so I can’t really comment but that is what people tell me. I just look at the FA Vase and every season you see UCL teams beating Ridgeons teams in the latter stages.
“Playing in front of a massive crowd is a big pull as well. Lynn get the highest around this area and play in a nice stadium.
“I wish Wisbech all the best and I’m still hoping to go back and turn out in a memorial game they have with ex-players and supporters to raise funds.”
Cousins believes he can provide the missing ingredient for Lynn who finished second in the UCL Premier Division and reached the FA Vase semi-finals during their inaugural campaign.
He said: “I watched a few games last season and you could see they had a lot of good players but maybe just lacked a bit of heart.”
“I think they had a lot of young lads and some of those away games when they thought it might be easier than they expected they got caught out. I’ve got that experience and I know they are the games you have to win to win leagues.
“I would still put in the same performance at those places as if I was at home in front of 1,000 people. I’ve been saying to everyone that now I just want to get going.
“The season might have just finished and I’m going on holiday shortly but then it’s a fresh start and I’m looking forward to it.”