Double deal for Spalding United

Spalding manager Dave Frecklington with new signing Brad Barraclough on Tuesday night

Spalding manager Dave Frecklington with new signing Brad Barraclough on Tuesday night

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Spalding United manager Dave Frecklington has added two more players to his new-look squad.

Striker Brad Barraclough has been described as “a massive signing” following his move from Buxton.

Barraclough had spells at Lincoln City, Gainsborough Trinity and Bradford Park Avenue.

Winger Chris Hamilton has also joined the Tulips as player-coach.

Hamilton (29) spent the second half of last season at Stamford having previously played in Scotland for Albion Rovers, Queen’s Park, Stirling Albion and Dumbarton.

Frecklington said: “We’ve got 11 players signed on so I’m happy with those numbers at the moment. We might add a couple more soon.

Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

“We are in extended talks with three or four players so I’m waiting now on decisions from them.

“We want to bring in the right players, not just for the fun of it.

“We will also be looking at three or four trialists in pre-season as well as our younger players.”

Speaking about the deal to bring in Barraclough, he added: “We’ve got a very mobile and quick striker who has a good eye for goal.

We are in extended talks with three or four players so I’m waiting now on decisions from them.

Dave Frecklington

“It’s an excellent signing for us.

“He scored 17 goals in the Evo-Stik Premier Division for Buxton last season and he is a player who I have always admired.

“We need a goalscorer if we are going to do well so getting Brad on board is a real coup.

“I’ve been working on this deal for a couple of weeks and now we need to make sure we get in the right players to give him the right service.”

Chris Hamilton in action for Stamford against Salford City last season

Chris Hamilton in action for Stamford against Salford City last season

On Hamilton’s arrival, Frecklington said: “He will bring real quality and vast experience as a former professional to this group.

“I’m sure he will be a good addition on the pitch and he’s also looking to get into the coaching side.

“We’ve been in talks for a week or two and we spoke about a coaching role to help myself and Chris Rawlinson.

“His main focus will be playing a big part in the team.

“We will be looking to play him down the right wing but he can go down the other side as well.

“Chris should be at the peak of his career now and he has already played at a good level.

“He was one of Graham Drury’s first signings at Stamford midway through last season and I expect him to do well for us.

“We will also look at getting him involved with coaching sessions for our youth teams to bring the club together.”