TIGERS: Chand eyeing double Poachers swoop

JOHN Chand is poised to launch a double raid on rivals Boston Town.

The Holbeach United supremo was expecting to tie up the protracted signing of defender Jack Smith yesterday, while midfielder Craig Parker is also on the Carter’s Park radar.

Parker, who enjoyed a successful stint with the Tigers under Shaun Keeble before moving to Boston, is expected to leave Tattershall Road before the start of the season.

Chand would have to wait 21 days to approach him, but he’s prepared to wait to land the wideman.

Although another target, Liam Bull, has joined Spalding United (see story left), the Holbeach chief is happy with his options ahead of tonight’s pre-season finale at Bedford Town (7.45pm).

Chand said: “Hopefully we can get Jack signed and get him involved. I’m allowed to speak to him now and it shouldn’t be a problem.

“I’m keen on Parker, but haven’t spoken to him. I’ve heard he’s left Boston, so we’ll go through the right channels and approach him as soon as we’re able to. I’d also like a ball-playing midfielder, but other than that we’re good to go.

“Hopefully any other signings will fit in as well as Robbie Harris. He’s been brilliant and is a top lad.”

Tonight’s trip to Bedford was supposed to be the second of a double-header, but Tuesday’s Carter’s Park clash was rained off.

Chand hopes to give Jermaine Palmer 45 minutes and will run the rule over exciting youngster Curtis Yeatman, who is on the books of Pinchbeck United.