Fresh start for Tulips’ squad

SUMMER ROLE: Midfielder Dan Banister (right) will miss Spalding's pre-season programme due to his coaching job in America. Photo by Tim Wilson
SUMMER ROLE: Midfielder Dan Banister (right) will miss Spalding's pre-season programme due to his coaching job in America. Photo by Tim Wilson
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Pat Rayment feels excited by the potential of Spalding United’s new-look squad as they prepare to kick off the pre-season programme.

But the Tulips boss has some concerns over the number of changes this summer and a lack of experience following the departure of three key men.

Rayment admitted: “I’m excited by the calibre of those players who have been brought into the club.

“To be truthful, though, I think we have gone a bit over the top in going down that route of having so many fresh, young faces.

“We have lost experienced players like Chris Hall, Jamie Stevens and Michael Leary.

“We have assembled 75 per cent of a new squad but that was the way we wanted to go.

“In the past we have tried to take the club forward with good quality and established players.

“Last season it failed and I take responsibility for that. So we’ve had a change of policy to sign young players without those excessive demands.

“It’s going to take time for a young team to learn how to play two systems. We are going to be flexible but that should benefit the players as well.

“In particular our midfield has an exciting look about it with height, energy, good ball players and mobility.

“As a management team we are having to work harder but we welcome that.

“We’ve had a look at the league and we are certainly not going to be the smallest side out there.”

Spalding’s first friendly is away to Wisbech Town on Saturday.

Michael Frew must serve a one-match ban for being sent off in pre-season last year at King’s Lynn Town.

Nathan Stainfield and Dan Banister are both coaching in America this summer.