Stainfield and Jackson to lead way for Tulips

Adam Jackson
Adam Jackson

Adam Jackson and Nathan Stainfield have been chosen to lead by example on and off the pitch with Spalding United next season.

Left-back Jackson is the club captain and central defender Stainfield will be the Tulips’ skipper when he recovers from injury.

Last term’s club captain Michael Leary is unable to fully commit to Spalding for family reasons.

Boss Pat Rayment said: “I looked at the options and gave this position to Jackson because he galvanises players by being vocal.

“Stainfield’s performances on the pitch give him a role in terms of his leadership style.

“Other players will take notice of what they are doing for the team.

“You can shout and talk a good game but it’s all about leading by example and what you do on the pitch.

“Jackson was probably one of our most consistent players last season.

“If a few others had done the same then we would be looking forward to a season in a higher division.

“Stainfield was named in the team of the year but there was an expectancy because we know that he’s by far the best centre-half in our league.”

Leary’s decision, Jamie Stevens’ return to Holbeach United and Stainfield’s injury problems mean Spalding will look to add another central defender alongside former Grimsby Town youngster Paul Walker.

Rayment said: “We are working on it and I have got a target in mind.”

The Tulips reported back for pre-season training last week and will have two more sessions ahead of the opening friendly at Wisbech Town on Saturday.