TULIPS: Stan still chasing Stamford ace Toyne

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FORMER skipper Andy Toyne could yet make a sensational return to Spalding United.

The Stamford midfielder, who swapped the Tulips for the Daniels in the summer of 2010, remains a big target for boss Andy Stanhope after he made an official approach two weeks ago.

Bringing the talented playmaker (pictured below) back to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field would be a massive coup for a team that hasn’t won in the UCL Premier Division in over a month.

And with Rob Hughes and Greg Smith leaving the club in recent weeks, Spalding are in urgent need of a shot in the arm.

Stanhope said: “I’ve made Andy an offer and he’s happy with it.

“He likes the club, but I’m not sure if we can persuade him to drop down and sign for us.

“My gut feeling is that the longer it goes on, the less likely it is to happen. It’s up to him to decide now.”

It’s been a busy week on the transfer front at Spalding, with the club also receiving seven day notices of approach for Ryan O’Loughlin and Josh Ford.

O’Loughlin, who scored his first Tulips goal last Saturday, is a target for rivals Holbeach United (see story, right), while Boston Town and March Town are trailing injured hitman Ford.

Stanhope admits it’s up to both players to decide their future, but wants them to follow in the footsteps of Callum Earls and snub a move away from the club.

The left back has turned down the advances of Deeping Rangers and is in the squad for Saturday’s visit of Northampton Spencer (3pm).

Stanhope added: “You look at the game on paper and it’s one we’d look to win.

“But we’ve not been in the best of form and they’ll probably be thinking the same about us.

“At this stage of the season you’d expect your team to be settled. We’ve lost players at bad times and at the moment we’ve not got a settled side at all.”

The Tulips are boosted by the return of key duo Simon Mowbray and Liam Hook, while Jammal Shahin could also be back in the fold.

Having been on a six-game winless streak, Spencer arrive at Spalding foff the back of two wins on the spin.

They beat Wellingborough 3-2 last time out.