Julian Joachim was in the Holbeach United side as they crashed 6-0 at Stamford on Saturday.
Jordan Smith (4), John Challinor and an own goal gave the Daniels a convincing pre-season success, but Tigers chief Glen Maddison wasn’t too downbeat.
He’s planning talks with ex-Aston Villa hitman Joachim this week and has also snapped up ex-Boston United centre back Lewis Sturman.
Maddison said: “We almost couldn’t field a side – I think we had nine players out. Stamford were at full strength and it showed if I’m honest.
“The lads did OK, although they were pretty shattered by the end of the game.
“I don’t think we’d have got a result with a full-strength side either, they are a very good side.
“It’s been a bit up and down so far in pre-season, but you expect that when you have to build a new team from scratch.
“Julian knew we were very short of players and still wanted to play. Hopefully we’ll talk about the future this week.
“He’s only 38 and still has bags of ability.”