Having topped Holbeach United’s scoring charts last season, Tom Waumsley is delighted to have been given a chance to test himself at a higher level.
The 21-year-old last week signed for Spalding United and is keen to prove himself in the Evo-Stik South next season, after scoring 16 goals in the UCL last term.
He will link up with another hotshot who swapped Holbeach for Spalding a year ago and if he does half as well as the prolific Andy Tidswell then the Tulips will be happy.
Waumsley, from Deeping, said: “It’s a higher level of football so I couldn’t turn it down.
“Every footballer wants to play at as high a level as they can and I think Spalding will help me to improve as a player.
“They have signed some good players who can help me improve and Marcus Ebdon is a good coach who will hopefully bring the best out of me.”
It’s an excellent move for Waumsley, coming five months after he turned down a move to Yaxley.
Waumsley began in junior football with Deeping Rangers and then PSV.
He was with Nottingham Forest as an Under 12 and Under 13 and then joined Boston as an Under 14, staying with them through to senior football when he went back to Deeping.
After struggling to get a game at Outgang Road, he joined Bourne where he scored six goals in ten outings.
But his career took off at Holbeach last season and he is determined to make the most of his opportunity at Spalding.
He said: “I am young and I have a lot of improvement in me, and I really hope I show what I can do at a higher level.
“I work hard and I can score goals, but with the help of the players and coaches at Spalding I hope they can help me improve in the areas I need to.
“Hopefully they can help me improve my conversion rate and I think I will enjoy playing under Pat Rayment.
“He tells it how it is and I am grateful to him for giving me this chance.”
Rayment has high hopes of his new striker, having missed out on signing Jordan Thomas.
Thomas, who impressed while on loan from Lincoln City last season, held talks with Rayment but has accepted a university place in Northumbria.
He was also interested in Holbeach youngster Jordan Keeble but, again, university commitments put paid to any possible move.
Rayment said: “Tom is a young lad I have been watching for some time.
“He’s already a good player but hopefully we can turn him into an even better one.
“I have a duty to young local players to keep an eye on them and give some of them a chance.
“If we can roughen off some of the edges we will have a very good player. Whether Tom is a regular is really down to him.”