TIGERS: Decision time for double-winning Holbeach

TURNING POINT: Andy Toyne, named Holbeach United's players' player of the year on Saturday, earned high praise. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN
TURNING POINT: Andy Toyne, named Holbeach United's players' player of the year on Saturday, earned high praise. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

Decorated Holbeach United boss John Chand has revealed that the coming week will shape the future of his double-winning squad.

Chand, who guided the Tigers to the UCL Premier Division title and Lincs FA Senior Trophy last season, has offered every member of the squad the chance to stay next season.

He wants an answer from all players early next week, before sitting down with the club to discuss his own future at Carter’s Park.

With higher-graded clubs likely to circle over the summer months, Holbeach fans will hope that his preference will be to extend his hugely successful three-year stint in South Holland.

Chand said: “I’ve offered all the lads the chance to stay. If they indicate that they’d like to, then we’ll all have to sit down as a club and decide what comes next.

“When you win the league and don’t apply to be promoted, some players can become disillusioned.

“My squad were above and beyond anything else in the UCL Premier Division last season and higher-graded teams will want to sign them.

“I’ve never been one to rush around and get things sorted as soon as the season finishes. I’m going to have a holiday and hope to hear from the lads when I get back.”

The Tigers chief was speaking to the Spalding Guardian in the wake of Saturday’s end of season presentation night.

Midfield ace Andy Toyne was honoured with the sought-after players’ player of the season award – which was richly deserved for a player deemed surplus to requirements by Spalding United at the start of the campaign.

The versatile Jonny Allen walked away with both the managers’ player and supporters’ player of the season, while goal machine – and indeed UCL golden boot winner – Andrew Tidswell also bagged two gongs. He took the top scorer trophy and also received a special award from one of the club’s sponsors.

On his trophy-laden trio, Chand added: “Tids deservedly got a lot of the limelight last season and he scored some huge goals, while Jonny was just amazingly consistent wherever he played.

“But I was pleased for ‘Toyney’, he barely missed a game for us and was always top notch. I’d go as far as saying that signing him from Spalding was the turning point in our season. He gave us the creativity we badly needed.”