Dan Quigley has been hailed as King's Lynn Town's man for all reasons by Linnets boss Gary Setchell.
And Setchell feels the versatile 23-year-old could become a top-class centre half after a magnificent showing in the role during the EvoStik Premier League defeat at FC United of Manchester on Saturday.
Midfielder Quigley, who has also played as a striker and a goalkeeper this season, again showed his adaptability in the face of adversity at Gigg Lane with a man-of-the-match display in the heart of Lynn's defence.
Setchell, who is usually pretty honest when it comes to assessing his players, said: "Quigs has been telling me a year or two that he can play there.
"I'm thinking about next season and how we are going to set up and I think he has added another string to his bow.
"I think he could be a top-class centre-half as well as a top-class central midfielder.
"He has played up front for me and done well and has also played in goal and done not so well, but he is a credit to me as a manager and the football club.
"We've had our ups-and-downs with him as a young player coming from step five.
"He had a slow start last year at step four, but by the end of last season I thought he was arguably one of the best midfielders in the league.
"Again this season it has taken him five or ten games to adjust, but everywhere you go everyone says what a good player he is. He is worth his weight in gold."
On the game itself, Setchell said: “We have absolutely worked our socks off against a very good team, who are flying, and we have given everything.”
Although a makeshift Lynn side went down to their fourth successive league defeat, they gave a very good account of themselves.
Lynn’s recent problems were compounded when they lost Andy Hall on the half-hour mark with a heel injury.
By then, the hosts had already gone in front after big centre-forward Michael Norton had headed home Liam Brownhill’s corner at the far post in the 25th minute.
Jordan Yong had a shot deflected wide but the final stages of the first half belonged to the hosts with Matthew Wolfenden spurning two good chances.
Jake Jones, who had earlier been denied a penalty, was controversially shown a red card on 78 minutes after a tackle on Dave Birch – with the reaction of the FC United player not helping his cause.
FC United’s second goal arrived in the last minute in rather bizarre circumstances.
Ryan Clarke pulled the ball back from the goalline and crossed towards the Lynn goal.
The referee seemed to anticipate a flag from his assistant to indicate that the ball had gone out of play for a goal kick and signalled accordingly, but the flag never came.
The ball from Clarke was parried by Alex Street into the goal area where it ran to Norton who was left with a simple tap-in to rub salt in Lynn’s wounds.
|FCUM: Carnell, Brownhill, Neville, Birch, Davies, Raglan, Wolfenden, Byrne (Fox 86), Norton, Wright, Greaves (Mulholland 72). Unused subs: Jones, Mota, Walwyn.
Scorer: Norton 25, 89. Booked: Burch.
Lynn: Street, Bore, Yong, Bell, R. Clarke, Thomson, Hall (McDonald 29), Quigley, Mulready (E. Clarke 85), Hurst (Stocker 76), Jones. Unused sub: Butt.
Booked: McDonald, Thomson; Sent-off: Jones.