Deals agreed to keep key men

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Spalding United have agreed ‘deals in principle’ with one new arrival and ten players from last season’s squad.

Tulips manager Pat Rayment revealed on Monday that they will bring in midfielder Sam Murphy from Peterborough Northern Star.

The retained list features Michael Duggan, Adam Jackson, Mitch Griffiths, Jamie Stevens, Tom Waumsley, Dan Banister, Jordan Nuttell, Nathan Stainfield, Michael Leary and Lewis Webb.

Terms have been offered to Jamie Thurlbourne but midfielder Chris Hall has left the Tulips due to work commitments.

Youngsters Lewis McKue and George Stainfield are both invited back for pre-season training while negotiations are ongoing with Avelino Vieira.

New deals were not offered to Jack McGovern and Lee Beeson.

Danny Hussey has returned to Spalding as first-team coach.

On the arrival of Murphy, Rayment said: “This just shows the path we are going down.

“He has been on our radar and I know he was on top of the list for UCL managers.

“It’s time for Sam to step up and we have agreed a deal with Northern Star.

“He’s a central midfielder who is very similar to Jordan as they are both around 6ft 4in tall.

“Next season we’re hoping to have five players under the age of 21 in the first team who are locally based.

“Through coaching we are going to try to smooth off the rough edges on some of these youngsters.

“We know they have got the hunger and desire so we need to bring the ability out of them.

“The blueprint is starting to turn around. But this has been tried and tested so it’s just about getting the right pieces and that’s the hard part.”

Rayment added: “We are also looking to get a deal agreed in principle with an experienced striker.

“Two of our other transfer targets are 19-year-olds, one who has been at a professional club and another from the Conference North.

“Players are now ringing us up wanting to come here.

“I think we are now at the tipping point where as a football club we are being taken more seriously. That has not previously been the case in local circles.

“It’s no secret that we have paid over the odds for players to come to Spalding.

“Those days are finished and now we are signing them for what they are doing and not what they have done in the past.”

Meanwhile, Spalding have announced details of their pre-season programme this summer.

The first friendly will be away to Oakham United on Tuesday, July 14 (7.30pm).

The Tulips face Stamford at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup first round on Friday, July 17 (7.45pm).

If Spalding go through, they will be at home against Gainsborough Trinity in the quarter-final on Tuesday, July 21.

They have friendlies at home to Holbeach United on Saturday, July 25, and Yaxley on Tuesday, July 28, followed by trips to Deeping Rangers on Saturday, August 1, and Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday, August 4.