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Henderson signs for four years

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:46 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

FLYING winger Chris Henderson has become the latest young talent to pledge their allegiance to Kirkley and Pakefield FC.

The teenager, who starred in midfield for the Walmer Road outfit last season after signing from near-neighbours Gorleston, also shone as a centre forward for Suffolk U18 in their national county cup triumph.

Mark Boggis

FLYING winger Chris Henderson has become the latest young talent to pledge their allegiance to Kirkley and Pakefield FC.

The teenager, who starred in midfield for the Walmer Road outfit last season after signing from near-neighbours Gorleston, also shone as a centre forward for Suffolk U18 in their national county cup triumph.

Having had a trial with Blue Square Premier Division outfit Cambridge United towards the end of last year's campaign, there were fears that the youngster may be off to pastures new.

But while The Journal can today reveal that there has been interest from higher-league clubs, Nick Shorten and the K&P management team have moved quickly to secure his services

“It has taken a bit of time to get Chris on board on a club record term contract of four years,” Shorten revealed.

“Last season we honoured his request to play county football, which meant a contract was not allowed and with Chris' father Tommy being out of the country for long periods for work we have waited to do things properly with them both at the table.”

And this week, there was joy as Henderson, Shorten and club president Bob Jenkerson signed the new deal.

“Chris is a huge talent and he has been of interest to a number of clubs up the pyramid,” Shorten told The Journal last night.

“But without a concrete offer on the table he has committed long term to us and we are delighted.

“He has the potential to be one of the best attacking players in the league and has ambitions which are aligned with ours to play at a level up from the Eastern Counties (Ridgeons) League.”

As the K&P squad returned to training this week on Tuesday and Thursday, preparations are intensifying as the players look forward to the first pre-season friendly of the new campaign on Saturday, July 12, away at Hadleigh.

That is followed by a trip to south Norfolk on Tuesday, July 15, to play Diss.

Further games away to Sheringham on Tuesday, July 22; at Gorleston on Saturday, July 26, away at Debenham LC on Tuesday, July 29 and at FC Clacton on Saturday, August 2 have all been scheduled to take place, as K&P's Walmer Road surface and ground restoration work continues.

And keen to get the action underway, Shorten revealed that in terms of adding to the new signings that have already appeared at Walmer Road - Lewis Blois from Mildenhall and Justin Fox and Lee Gilman from Wroxham - more movement could soon be in the offing.

“In terms of a complete squad, we have another couple of possible openings that are still being followed and could reach closure within the next two weeks,” Shorten told The Journal.

w AT the third attempt, Kirkley & Pakefield FC have scooped the best overall programme title in the Ridgeons League for the 2007/08 season after coming in as runners up to Essex side FC Clacton for the past two seasons.

Nationally the programme was voted ninth best beating teams such as Cambridge United, Oxford United and Bath City.

A total of 779 clubs entered the competition.

w K&P will be holding their annual five-a-side tournament on Sunday, July 20 at Walmer Road.

Those interested in entering this popular tournament should send applications to Jackie Rumsey, 40 Church Road, Lowestoft or telephone 01502 515485.

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