Watson eyeing up his next promotion with AFC move

NEW SIGNING: Tough-tackling Ross Watson (left) playing for King's Lynn Town
NEW SIGNING: Tough-tackling Ross Watson (left) playing for King's Lynn Town
Share this article

After dropping down a level to sign for AFC Sudbury, new signing Ross Watson does not believe he will be hanging around at step four for long.

The 25-year-old versatile defender or midfielder completed his move from King’s Lynn Town on Friday after captaining them to The Evo-Stik Northern Premier First Division South title last season.

After winning back-to-back promotions with the Norfolk side, he sees the potential to replicate further success with his new club.

“The structure and everything is in place to get up there and get in the play-offs,” he said, after making his Yellows debut as a 70th-minute substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup win at Burnham Ramblers.

“I don’t see it that I have signed for a club a league lower, in my eyes it is a club that is ready to go up — I have not signed to stay at step four.”

The tough-tackling former Rushen and Diamonds and Cambridge City youth player was a fans’ favourite at King’s Lynn, but said it was a fresh challenge and the appeal of less travelling than the Northern League which was behind his move.

Peterborough-based Watson added: “I have heard a lot about David Batch and played against his sides at Wroxham and he is very professional.

“I know a few people who have played with him before and they speak very highly of him.”

AFC boss Batch said his new signing is someone who can make an immediate impact and gives him plenty of options, being comfortable playing at right-back, centre-half or in a central midfield role.

“He is a natural defender and he is a leader,” he said. “He went on the pitch with 20 minutes to go Saturday and started bossing people about, which I like, and it led to other people raising their game.

“I saw he became available and we were recommended to him by a player who used to play at our club as a good option.

“He always impressed us when we played against him and it was a good opportunity to get a good player into the squad.”

Meanwhile, AFC are waiting on the outcome of a Football Association decision to find out their opponents in next weekend’s FA Cup second qualifying round after Cambridgeshire United Counties Premier Division outfits Sleaford Town and Huntingdon Town, a level lower, came out of the hat.

Continued on Page 76