Peter won’t Bore Tulips fans

Peter Bore in action for Grimsby Town up against Magno Vieira of Fleetwood Town.

Peter Bore in action for Grimsby Town up against Magno Vieira of Fleetwood Town.

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Peter Bore is the latest signing to excite Spalding United fans as they prepare for life in the Evo-Stik South league.

Tulips manager Pat Rayment has acted quickly after learning recent signing James Cullingworth will miss the start of the season after undergoing an ankle operation.

Cullingworth joined from Belper recently and has an excellent record for winning promotion at non-league level, but Rayment has softened the blow by bringing Bore back to the club.

The 26-year-old, who began his career playing as a winger or a striker with hometown club Grimsby Town, had a spell on loan at Spalding last season.

Bore made eight appearances during that loan spell from Boston United and Rayment is delighted to have attracted him back to the club, having ended last season at King’s Lynn.

Although beginning in a more attacking role, Bore was converted to a right-back by Lincoln City and that is where he is likely to feature for Spalding, although Julian Kelley can also operate as a right-back.

Rayment said: “James will miss all of pre-season and the start of the season, but I couldn’t have a better replacement than Peter.

“We have a very good right-hand side now with Peter, Julian Kelly and Lee Beeson.”

Bore made 153 appearances for Grimsby and Rayment will be hoping he can make an instant impression – just as he did with his first club.

He spent four years in the Football League with Grimsby and made a stunning debut against Boston United in a League Two fixture.

Coming on as a substitute with his side 2-0 down, Bore scored with his first touch and later added a second as Grimsby came from behind to win 3-2 against Boston.

He went on to score 15 goals in Grimsby colours, including two hat-tricks, and was also named player-of-the-year.

After a loan spell at York, he went on to join Harrogate, Lincoln, Gateshead and Boston.

Rayment added: “Peter has played 180-odd times in the Football League and was player-of-the-year at Grimsby so he is an exciting player for us.

“He has plenty of years ahead of him and brings a lot of quality to the side.

“I am in no rush to sign anyone else now.

“I may wait to have a look at my players in pre-season and, if there is anyone whose misdemeanor disappoints me, I may then think about bringing someone else in.

“But I have got a squad I am very happy with.”