Hot-shot Oliver wants to fire Deeping to the title

Ryan Oliver scores against Wellingborough last season
Ryan Oliver scores against Wellingborough last season

Deeping Rangers hot-shot Ryan Oliver has his sights on the UCL title and the golden boot after agreeing a new deal at Outgang Road.

The 24-year-old, who netted 27 goals in all competitions in his first full season at Deeping, turned down a reunion with Pat Rayment at Spalding to stay with Rangers.

The prolific striker wants to put the disappointment of last season’s UCL KO Cup final behind him by firing Deeping to the title.

Rangers led Huntingdon 2-0 and 3-1 in that cup final, only to concede late on and eventually lose 5-4 after extra-time.

Oliver said: “After the cup final, we had a team meeting and nearly all of the players agreed that we owed it to Tuncay Korkmaz and the club to stay.

“We are all desperate to bring some silverware to the club so we’re really going for it.

“I want to win the UCL within the next three years, but I want to do it with Deeping because this is the best club in the league.

“It’s like a family and we’re not just mates on the pitch, we’re best mates off it as well.”

Oliver will have a new strike partner next season as Mitch Griffiths has moved to hometown club Sleaford and Alex Beck has rejoined Boston Town, but everyone else has agreed to stay.

Oliver added: “Mitch is a big loss as he used to put them on a plate for me.

“I didn’t really play that much with Alex but when anyone who scores 25 goals a season for three years moves it leaves a gap that needs filling.

“Tuncay is looking for a small and quick striker to play alongside me and I would love to reach the magical 3o goals next season and hopefully win the golden boot.

“If anyone had said at the start of last season that I would be in the top eight scorers in the league I would have snatched their hand off so to be the fourth leading scorer was pleasing.

“Last season went very well for me personally, and I scored around a goal a game, although I struggled at times for fitness.

“I would play a few games, then be out injured for three matches, so if I can start more matches next season I will hopefully score plenty of goals.”

Regarding his decision to turn down Spalding, he explained: “I followed Pat from here when he went to Stamford a few years ago and he contacted me two weeks ago about joining Spalding.

“It was a tough decision but I really want to win some silverware for this club.”

Oliver has also played for hometown club Sleaford, where he partnered Miles Hunter who scored 46 goals that season to earn a move to Boston United.

He admits it will be a tough task to realise his dream of winning the UCL next season, saying: “It won’t be easy as this league is getting tougher with all the crazy money being thrown around by some managers.

“About 80 per cent of our players have been offered more money elsewhere but we want to make up for losing that cup final.

“It wasn’t a nice dressing room after that game but hopefully we will make up for it.”