Spalding United can provide the platform for Jordan Thomas to get his career back on track, according to manager Pat Rayment.
Thomas rejoined the Tulips this week following last season’s injury-hit loan spell from Lincoln City.
The Grantham-born striker had been due to go to university in the north-east after being released by the Imps where he became the club’s youngest ever player in October 2011 soon after his 16th birthday.
But a change of plan left Rayment delighted to bring Thomas back to the Sir Halley Stewart Field ahead of the Evo-Stik League First Division South campaign.
Rayment said: “He got a few injuries last season but when he had playing time we could see glimpses of what a good player he is.
“Hopefully now he can use Spalding as a platform to bounce back from being released at Lincoln and prove his potential with us.
“He is a striker with very good pace, natural movement and an eye for goal.
“I’m sure he will bounce back because there is so much more to come from him.
“We’ve got four strikers with different styles of play.
“Jordan and Tom Waumsley are young lads with good attitudes who will get their opportunities to play.
“They will give competition for places with Andrew Tidswell and Mark Jones.”
Spalding’s new-look squad head to Peterborough Sports on Saturday for the first pre-season friendly.
Rayment added: “We’ve had three very hard training sessions and it’s an exciting time to be working with these players.
“It will be good for the lads to have a run-out before a serious test on Tuesday at home to Boston United.”