Ross pulls out of Tulips move

Ian Ross
Ian Ross

Spalding United boss Pat Rayment will delve into the transfer market again after former Sheffield United midfielder Ian Ross pulled out of a move to the Tulips.

Rayment thought he had finalised his squad for the club’s Evo-Stik South Division One campaign when making two more captures last week but former Boston skipper Ross returned from holiday at the weekend and revealed he had changed his mind.

A change in his personal circumstances means he will now look to join a club nearer to his Sheffield home as he can’t commit to the travelling.

Having last week brought in promising Holbeach striker Tom Waumsley and experienced former Luton midfielder Michael Leary – who skippered Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North last season – Rayment still has a mouthwatering squad that should excite Tulips’ fans.

He said: “This is the best squad the club has ever had and I hope it will lead to bigger crowds.

“The crowds have been going up every year during my time at the club but I would love to see us getting back to the numbers we attracted ten or 15 years ago.

“This squad has got so much quality and, as well as watching what should be a winning team, I think the fans will be entertained.

“We have got quality, pace, experience and leadership.

“I have certainly lived up to my promise of replacing those who left with better players and I hope the fans really get behind us because these are exciting times at Spalding United.

“Ian Ross would have been a fantastic signing but I am not as disappointed as I thought I would be that he has pulled out.

“He gave me his word he was coming here and I am disappointed that he is now unable to but I have three powerhouses in midfield with Chris Hall, Lewis Webb and Michael Leary.

“That is still a great midfield and we won’t be out-battled with that trio.

“Ian was not coming cheap so with the money he would have been picking up I can maybe bring in two more players now.

“Rather than a midfieler though I may look more at the wide and attacking positions.

“We have already boosted our attacking options with Tom coming in.

“I wanted someone young and hungry to provide competition for Andy Tidswell and Mark Jones and Tom is a very promising player who we will hopefully turn into an even better player.”