TWO more pieces of John Chand’s Holbeach United masterplan have fallen into place after a sensational double-raid on rivals Boston Town.
The Tigers supremo has managed to persuade highly-rated duo Paul Goodhand and Lawrence Lambley to quit the Poachers, in a move that is sure to raise eyebrows across the UCL Premier Division.
Both players were deemed “high priority targets” for Holbeach this summer, having previously played for Chand in his Magnet Tavern side that reached an FA Sunday Cup final at Anfield.
While landing Lambley is great business, grabbing Goodhand is a massive coup for Holbeach.
Universally admired for his dynamic midfield play, the ex-Grimsby Town and Spalding United man has been a long-term target for Chand.
Although delighted to finally get his man, the Holbeach boss insists that “Goody” ends his eight-year association at Tattershall Road with a heavy heart.
Chand said: “Goody has been a high priority target for a long time, but he took some convincing.
“He’s a really honest guy and has a lot of feeling for Boston, but I think he just fancied a new challenge and wanted to work with me again.
“He was my captain at Magnet Tavern and one of his best days in football was playing in the final at Anfield, so it’s great to have him on-board. I’m sure Boston won’t be happy that he’s chosen to come here, he’s one of the best players in the UCL.”
Chand is equally excited by Lambley’s arrival at Carter’s Park.
Although he was deployed at right back last season, Lambley was prolific as a striker in the Rushden and Diamonds youth team.
And the Tigers boss is looking to deploy him in a more advanced role next season.
Chand added: “One of my main aims for the summer was to add pace to the squad – and Loz certainly has that. I don’t agree that he’s best at right back. We’ll certainly be looking to use him in the attacking third.”
Having already signed Adam Jackson and Lewis Brooks, the Tigers are proving to be a major player in the Lincolnshire transfer market.
But Chand isn’t finished yet, with a striker, centre back and a goalkeeper to challenge number one Ricky Lovelace still in his sights.
The Spalding Guardian understands that ex-Tulips stopper Leigh Overton is one of the Tigers’ potential targets, while Chand has also held talks with one of the UCL’s leading marksmen.
However, it seems that St Ives Town striker Danny Matson – who has been linked with Holbeach, Deeping Rangers and Spalding in recent weeks – will be signing for Boston Town.
Poachers boss Martyn Lakin said: “We have agreed a deal with Danny.”