Spalding United boss ready for challenge

Dave Frecklington
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Spalding United boss Dave Frecklington is “relishing the challenge” of building a new-look team.

This week he hopes to agree deals with more signings for the Tulips’ promotion bid next season in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Frecklington said: “We’ve made offers to six players – three from a higher level, one from a lower league and two from the same division.

“It has been a slow process because some players don’t want to commit.

“Those offers are on the table and I know we are one of a number of clubs chasing these players.

“This week I have got a couple of meetings and I’d like some answers in the next few days.

Speaking to players can be hard work when they know it’s Spalding calling and they expect an extra nought on the wage figure.

Dave Frecklington

“I’m trying to get the deals done as I was hoping to take June off for a break.

“However, I must say this situation is reminiscent of my first year at Lincoln United.

“This is very much a case of rebuilding when you look at last season’s squad and only five players will remain here. That’s not many from a squad of 16 to 18.

“I’m absolutely relishing the challenge, though. I’m so excited about building a new team for the start of our pre-season on July 2.

“I want to get it right. Yes, I could sign 18 players today but are they going to be the right ones? Probably not.

“You might get six who are good enough but I want all the players to remain with us.

“I don’t want them coming in for a couple of games and then moving on again as we want a settled team.

“Every manager will work differently and I’m looking to change some minor details which are important to me.

“Speaking to players can be hard work when they know it’s Spalding calling and they expect an extra nought on the wage figure.

“I’m trying to get rid of that stigma around the club as well.

“Coming into the club, the big thing I noticed was the wages being paid to what was a mid-table side.

“We are having to offer less and trying to move forward in different ways now.”

Right-back Paul Walker, meanwhile, has left Spalding after a successful season.

Frecklington said: “We made a good offer because we rate him very highly.

“But he chose not to come back here because of all the travelling commitments.

“You are talking about an hour and 45 minutes between Grimsby and Spalding three times a week. You need to be committed to do that.”