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Nunn's new challenge

By Sport Bury

Sam Nunn says his move to Stowmarket Town fulfills a desire that he has always had to play for his hometown club.

The Needham Market defender ended his five-year stay at Bloomfields last Friday to drop down two levels to play for the Old Gold and Blacks next season.

Nunn, 28, has racked up hundreds of appearances at Steps 3 and 4, playing for the likes of Needham and Bury Town, and also had a brief spell at Step 2 with Lowestoft Town back in late 2015.

Stow’s newest recruit will bring plenty of experience to Rick Andrews’ side who, after winning the Thurlow Nunn League First Division last year, finished third in their first season back in the Premier Division last month.

Along with Nunn, and fellow new signings Tom Matthews (Wroxham) and Max Melanson (Thetford Town), 15 of last season’s squad, headlined by 56-goal striker Josh Mayhew and captain Ollie Brown, have agreed to stay at Greens Meadow for the next campaign, and Nunn believes the squad assembled could compete much higher up the non-league pyramid.

“It’s a new challenge for me,” he said. “I’ve joined mainly because Stow have the ambition to move up the leagues.

“I had a good five years at Needham, but I felt it was the right time to go.

“I grew up in Stow and always wanted to play for them one day. I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting promoted.

“I think we’ve got a very good chance. I think we have a very good squad that can compete in higher divisions.”

Aside from a brief spell at Lowestoft, Nunn spent five years at Bloomfields with the Marketmen, and was part of the team which won the Bostik League North Division title three years ago.

“I’ll miss the players and supporters at Needham,” he said. “I owe a lot to Wilks (Richard Wilkins, Needham manager). I’ve been with him for the majority of my career.”

l Stow have confirmed five of their pre-season friendlies this summer. They will have home games against Leiston (July 21) and Maldon & Tiptree (July 31) and trips to Romford (July 7), West Wratting (July 14) and Ipswich Wanderers (July 28).

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