Top target Lee finally joins the Tulips

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Manager Pat Rayment has finally got his top transfer target with Lee Clarke’s arrival at Spalding United.

The former Peterborough United midfielder agreed terms with the Tulips on Wednesday and will officially put pen to paper at Thursday night’s training session.

Clarke, the 31-year-old son of Northern Ireland legend Colin, made a brief return to Yaxley last week and had been linked with St Neots Town.

Rayment said: “He was my number one target during the summer until he went back to St Albans City. He’s a goal-scoring midfielder with a top pedigree.

“Last season he played in the Conference for Welling United where he was captain for six seasons, guiding them to the Conference South title.

“I’ve spoken to Yaxley’s manager Brett Whaley who said Lee just needed some game time for his fitness.

“I’m delighted to agree a deal with him because we are coming into a busy period of games.”

Clarke’s debut for Spalding should come on Saturday at Market Drayton Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

The Tulips are aiming for a sixth successive league win to remain in the play-off places.

Rayment says Spalding’s superb form is an all-round effort.

He said: “It will be even harder to sustain this position but hopefully we can just carry on with the way we have been playing.

“The performances have been as good as the results. We won 1-0 last Saturday but it wasn’t that close.

“Our winning run comes down to strength in depth when the likes of Andrew Tidswell, Luke Thurlbourne and Chris Hall are on the bench.”

Midfielder Lewis Webb is likely to be ruled out until the festive programme due to a hamstring injury.