We won’t waste thousands on promotion, says Spalding United boss

Sam Murphy has swapped Spalding for Stamford
Sam Murphy has swapped Spalding for Stamford

Dave Frecklington insists Spalding United’s budget won’t allow “astronomical” wage demands by players.

The new Tulips boss is busy trying to rebuild the squad for next season, having signed a three-year deal with a plan for promotion.

But he has admitted that they will not be among the big spenders in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s First Division South.

Frecklington said: “I will only have people who want to play for this club.

“If they want to play at a lower level then that’s their prerogative.

“That also means they are not the right people for me with the way I like to work.

The money which some players ask for is absolutely phenomenal. We’ll have a competitive budget but certainly not in the top six of our division.

Dave Frecklington

“We won’t have players on dual registration with other clubs.

“In my first week in this job I’ve noticed a stigma around the club where people seem to automatically think we are a money machine and cash 
just falls off the stand roof.

“It’s not like that at all and I want to change the footprint of the club.

“The money which some players ask for is absolutely phenomenal.

“We’ll have a competitive budget but certainly not in the top six of our division.

“Some players will want astronomical figures but we won’t be wasting thousands of pounds like in the last two years trying to get promoted.

“I want to focus on getting everything right.

“I don’t like to work with a big squad but we will have quality with an opportunity for youngsters to get first-team football.

“I’m looking to bring in a different culture here with locally-based players.”

Skipper Nathan Stainfield has already signed a deal while Michael Duggan, Neal Spafford, Tom Waumsley and Charley Sanders have agreed terms for next season.

Sam Murphy has signed for Stamford while Dan Lawlor and Adam Jackson have also left Spalding.

Frecklington added: “We made a really good offer for Jackson to stay but he turned it down due to the travelling and personal commitments.

“Murphy also had a good offer and we’re in advanced talks with Dan Banister and Paul Walker as we want both of them to stay here.”

Meanwhile, Spalding will offer free admission for youngsters to home games next season.

The deal applies for fans aged 11 to 16 plus under-11s if those in the younger age group are accompanied by a fee-paying adult for safety

reasons.

The offer applies to all home pre-season fixtures and 21 league games.

However, it does not apply to home games in the County Cup, FA Cup, FA Trophy and Doodson League Cup where the usual admission rate for 11 to 16-year-olds will be charged (free for accompanied under-11s).