Stevenage role suits new recruit King

Jack King plays the ball forward.

Jack King plays the ball forward. - Credit: Archant

Jack King says he’s enjoying his football after helping Stevenage to a 6-1 win over Hartlepool United - the second time he has been involved in a six-goal display in his last eight matches.

Matt Godden heads the ball past Adam Bartlett to score Stevenage's sixth.

Matt Godden heads the ball past Adam Bartlett to score Stevenage's sixth. - Credit: Archant

The midfielder was making his second start on loan from Scunthorpe United following Tuesday’s 3-1 EFL Trophy defeat at Leyton Orient, and helped set up Boro’s sixth goal against the Pools with Matt Godden beating goalkeeper Adam Bartlett to his pass before heading home from 25 yards.

It is the second 6-0 that King has been involved in this calendar year after coming off the bench for his parent club in March in a 6-0 win over Swindon Town, while back in 2013-14 he was in a Preston side that sank Barnet 6-0 and Carlisle United 6-1.

But now at Boro, the 31-year-old says he is enjoying the role that boss Darren Sarll has handed him since his arrival and he hopes to kick on with several more top drawer performances.

“Normally when I’ve played in midfield the last year to two years I’ve had a bit of a restricted role and it doesn’t really suit me,” King said.

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“[Michael] Tonge sits in there and you can see the qualities he’s got and he gets on the ball and that allows me to get forward, win the second balls and that’s what I wanted to do. I expressed that to the gaffer.

“I can drop back [into defence] when needed, I dropped into the back late on [against Hartlepool], but I’m pleased to be here and back playing football.”

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The midweek game against Orient was the midfielder’s first 90 minutes since December, and the former Farnborough player added: “It’s been a bit of a rushed week.

“I’ve had the two games since I’ve come in and a limited number of training sessions.

“I’ve come through that and we got the win which is important.

“It’s not been a great month, August, but we need to make sure that September is a better month.

“It’s early days in the league. A couple of wins lifts you up and a couple of losses drops you down. There’s a great confidence in the squad and I can see the team spirit is here.”

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