Linnets make a flurry of new signings

King’s Lynn Town have made a flurry of signings ahead of the new National League North season.

The Linnets have added three players to their threadbare squad by bringing in Sion Spence, Quaine Bartley and Kian Ronan.

Forward Bartley arrives on a season-long loan from AFC Wimbledon, while Spence was previously with Gloucester City and Ronan is a Gibraltar international.

New King's Lynn Town forward Quaine Bartley
New King’s Lynn Town forward Quaine Bartley

Bartley, a powerful centre-forward with good technical skills, made seven League Two appearances for The Dons last season.

On 19-year-old Bartley, manager Mark Hughes said: “Quaine is someone I have been following closely since the start of last season. He is a physical number nine and plays and conducts himself with experience beyond his age”

“I would like to thank Johnnie Jackson for trusting us as a club and staff to develop Quaine during the upcoming season”.

“He has trained with the group and fitted in well.”

Under-21 Welsh international Spence began his career with Cardiff but didn’t make a first team appearance and after his release in September 2020, joined Crystal Palace.

He had a loan spell at Bristol Rovers before joining Gloucester last summer on a one-year deal.

“I’m really excited about this signing,” said Hughes.

“Sion is the box-to-box goal scoring midfielder we’ve been looking for.

“He got six in six for Gloucester last season in their charge to reach the play-offs. He’s got a great pedigree with Cardiff and Crystal Palace and also League Two loan experience with Bristol Rovers at still only 22.”

Ronan, capped 25 times by Gibraltar can play in defence or midfield. He has also played at U17, U19 and U21 international level.

He started his career at Ipswich Town, making two appearances in the FA Youth Cup in 2018-2019.

Since 2020 he has been at Lincoln Red Imps, winning the Gibraltar Football League each season, scoring nine goals in 53 appearances.

Boss Hughes said: “Through a contact of Adrian Whitbread, we had heard Kian was looking to come back to England and play full-time.

“He is English born and has won 25 caps for Gibraltar, having recently played in the qualifiers against France and Republic of Ireland.

“He will be a great addition to the team, having experienced Champions League Qualifiers with Lincoln Red Imps and also testing himself against the likes of Mbappe in a world class French team.”

“I am looking forward to working with Kian; I can see his professionalism, desire to win and play at a higher level. He will be great for King’s Lynn Town FC this season and hopefully next.”