Opportunity for Oliver as Thomas takes break

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Ryan Oliver’s move to Spalding 
United comes after Jordan 
Thomas decided to take a 
break from football.

Tulips boss Pat Rayment 
revealed Oliver will seal the transfer from Deeping Rangers 
after playing in tonight’s 
Lincolnshire Senior Trophy quarter-final at Bourne Town.

Rayment said: “Our bid for a striker from a Step Three club has come to nothing because they are not prepared to sell.

“I know all about Ryan as I worked with him at Deeping when I managed them.

“We will provide a platform at Spalding to find out if he can do it at a higher level.

“Ryan has got something about him and he’s not just a big target man.

“He has got ability and the rest is up to him. This is an 
opportunity for him to do well at Step Four.”

Rayment also confirmed Thomas has decided to quit.

He explained: “All young players who get released from professional clubs – in Jordan’s case that was Lincoln City last summer – have to deal with the disappointment.

“Jordan has now got to find himself. We will keep in contact and if he decides that he wants to play again it’s up to him.”

Rayment, meanwhile, is hoping that the ankle injury 
suffered by Luke Thurlbourne on Saturday is not too serious.

He added: “It looks like he has twisted it but we need to wait for the swelling to go down.

“It would be a massive blow to lose him for any length of time because he has been dynamic 
in the way we have played.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s 
result, Rayment said: “All that matters is we are through to the next round so I’m happy.”