FOOTBALL: Former Chatteris Town hotshot Craig Gillies determined ahead of Linnets challenge

Former Chatteris Town striker Craig Gillies insists he is up for the challenge after signing for hig

Former Chatteris Town striker Craig Gillies insists he is up for the challenge after signing for higher-level King's Lynn Town. PHOTO: Steve Snell - Credit: Archant

It may be the biggest challenge of his career so far, but King’s Lynn Town newcomer Craig Gillies insists he is ready to make the step up.

The former Chatteris Town striker, who netted 38 goals for the Lilies in the Kershaw Premier Division last season, is confident he can make a name for himself four tiers up the footballing ladder – and has backed himself to become a success at The Walks.

“Step Three is a massive step up and I really like the challenge to see how I can compete at that level,” he said.

“I enjoyed my time at Lynn last time and I think I performed alright. I played three, scored three, but with work commitments, it was difficult at the time.

“I am going there with the intentions to score goals and win games, so hopefully it goes to plan.

“The club’s ambitions are to get promoted and be challenging along with a good cup run, so hopefully I can contribute well to that.”

The former local front-man has signed a one-year deal with the Linnets after impressing boss Ian Culverhouse, having previously featured for the club’s reserve side last year.

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He found the net three times during his short spell in Norfolk, but Gillies admits there are still areas of his game that can be improved.

“There are a couple of aspects to my game I know I need to improve, but hopefully with a coach of Ian’s calibre, he can help get the best out of me,” he said.

“I had several other offers from clubs in different leagues, but when I knew Ian was interested in signing me, it was a massive privilege.

“From someone who has such experience was a big plus for signing for Lynn.”

The 25-year-old also praised Chatteris boss Ashley Taylor, who oversaw his development at both the Lilies and Doddington United.

“Ash has been amazing since we first joined forces at Doddington,” he said.

“I have so much respect for Ash and I’ve loved playing every second for him. I’m sure our paths will cross again.”