Jamie Thurlbourne looks set to be handed the chance for a regular role in Spalding United’s ‘formidable’ defence.
Manager Pat Rayment was full of praise for Thurlbourne’s midweek display in the home win against Boston United.
Rayment revealed that former Boston left-back Gareth Jelleyman will not be joining the Tulips for “personal reasons beyond our control” after initially agreeing a deal this summer.
A potential deal to bring in another defender yesterday broke down.
But Rayment said: “Thurlbourne was absolutely outstanding at left-back on Tuesday – that was one of the best performances from any Spalding player since I’ve been at the club. He knows he can do it as well.
“It’s a big blow to lose Jelleyman but the back four is already looking formidable and very impressive.
“Nathan Stainfield was head and shoulders above everybody else against Boston on Tuesday night.
“He gets on very well with Kern Miller on and off the pitch.
“Myself and Kern have an agreement where we will give him a platform to show his ability – or we will become another on his long list of former clubs.”
Substitute Jordan Thomas scored the only goal on 80 minutes to seal Tuesday’s victory over Conference North neighbours Boston.
The Tulips are back in action at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday against King’s Lynn Town.
Rayment added: “There is still a lot more to come from us but we’re looking good so far. Hopefully we can kick on from here.”
Meanwhile, Spalding have offered deals to youngsters George Stainfield – brother of Nathan – and Lewis McKue.