FOOTBALL: Walker impressed by Spalding United boss

Paul Walker on the ball for Spalding United last season. Photo by Tim Wilson
Paul Walker on the ball for Spalding United last season. Photo by Tim Wilson

Paul Walker admits that the professional approach of new manager Dave Frecklington proved a key factor in his decision to stay at Spalding United.

The right-back looked set to leave the Tulips this summer due to the travelling time from his Grimsby home.

But Walker had a change of heart following further talks with Frecklington.

He explained: “At the end of last season I had quite a few offers from clubs in the league above but again the amount of travelling would have made it difficult for me to commit.

“I had a good offer to stay at Spalding and they made it clear that they wanted me.

“I thought I had cut my ties with the club after the final game of the season.

He has come across well with his attitude and he is a big factor in why I decided to re-sign for Spalding. Now I can’t wait to get going again.

Paul Walker

“I met again with Dave who impressed me so much. He seems to be a decent guy and really professional.

“His words and actions have been genuine so I want to try my best for him next season.

“He has come across well with his attitude and he is a big factor in why I decided to re-sign for Spalding. Now I can’t wait to get going again.

“Initially I said ‘no’ to the offer because of the travelling but Dave gave me another call a week or so later to tell me about his plans for training.

“We will be meeting away from Spalding and that cuts my travelling.

“Once he told me that, it was a big game-changer and I said ‘yes’ straight away.

“It’s not about the money – I really want to stay here.

“I know quite a few of the players from last season are staying and Spalding have also brought in some good signings.

“We don’t want to finish mid-table again. Ideally you want to win the league and failing that you look to win the play-offs.

“I believe the squad looks good but it all comes down to what we do on the pitch.

“Team spirit is important as well and I know some of the players have already had a few meetings.”

However, prolific striker Ryan Oliver has rejected an offer to go back to Spalding.

The former Deeping Rangers centre-forward was one of Frecklington’s transfer targets this summer.

The offer was withdrawn by Spalding as Oliver opted to stay loyal to Sleaford Town.

Last season he scored 36 goals for his hometown club in the United Counties League Premier Division.

Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright will be the main attraction at the Tulips’ annual ‘Big Night Out’ at Springfields Exhibition 
Centre on September 22.

All enquiries, on a first-come-first-served basis, should be made to Malcolm Gray on 07703 581672 or malcolm@alliumalliance.co.uk