Wisbech Town boss Appleby fighting to keep Reed after seven-day approach from King’s Lynn Town

WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby is fighting to keep hold of Callum Reed after rivals King’s Lynn Town put in a seven-day approach for the highly-rated midfielder.

Reed - who joined the Fenmen in November - has been in sparkling form since arriving at the Tom Wood’s Beer Fenland Stadium and has drawn admiring glances from a number of non-league sides.

King’s Lynn Town, challenging for promotion from the United Counties League, have made it through to the last eight of the FA Vase but Reed is already cup-tied. The 20-year-old made his Wisbech debut during the Fenmen’s 4-0 Vase defeat to Wroxham.

A defiant Appleby said: “We’re going to do our utmost to keep Callum.

“There’s no point bringing top players to the club to lose them to teams that are no better than ours.”

Reed, a former Peterborough United trainee, joined Wisbech from Evo-Stick Division One South side Stamford.

After dropping down a level to sign for the Fenmen, Reed said the club’s ambition matched his own.

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He said: “Stamford may be at a higher level but I think Wisbech are a bigger club.

“There’s the new ground, a bigger fanbase and the players and manager are all just as ambitious as me.

“I dropped down a level but the club want to kick-on and progress. Steve Appleby impressed me with his desire to keep moving up the leagues and I want to be part of helping this club progress.

“I was offered more money by other clubs so joining Wisbech had nothing to do with money.”

Appleby lost Alex Street, Scott Cubberley and Billy Smith to King’s Lynn Town last year and has admitted he wants to hold onto players like Reed to help the club finish in the top-six of the Ridgeons Premier Division this season.