SPALDING United boss Pat Rayment reacted to some setbacks this week by casting his net again.
And he’s landed ex-Stamford defender Miles Chamberlain and put an offer to former Peterborough United striker Francis Green.
That followed knockbacks from several targets – Lewis Webb (who’s joining King’s Lynn Town), Jack Defty (Lowestoft Town), Lee Clarke (Welling) and Ryan Clarke (as yet undecided).
Rayment’s disappointment is tempered by the fact all of those players have turned down the Tulips due to offers from higher-graded clubs.
And he’s braced for rejection by released Boston United winger Ryan Semple. It’s understood that a Blue Square North side is also keen on him.
Rayment said: “To be fair, I would always endorse that players play as high as they can for as long as they can.
“When I left Corby Town for Spalding in the late 90s it took a lot of convincing by (then manager) Alan Day to get me to drop down several levels.
“But we won the league so it made it worthwhile.”
Rayment is delighted by the capture of Chamberlain.
Another centre-half – to complement Lee Canoville and Simon Ashton – would provide cover and give the Tulips the option of playing three at the back.
Furthermore, Chamberlain is in the mould of player Rayment wants – one who can help get the Tulips out of the United Counties League as quickly as possible and be more than comfortable competing at a higher level.
Rayment said: “Miles is young and strong, reads the game well and is well above the standard we’re playing at.
“I think he’ll benefit from playing next to Lee.”
Meanwhile, the Tulips are also hoping to hear back today from ex-Yaxley and Bourne Town striker Michael Frew. St Neots goal machine Shane Tolley agreed a two-year deal last night.
The biggest doubt, though, is Semple. He has indicated that he doesn’t want to step back down to the UCL, which he left when he went to the Pilgrims from Deeping Rangers.
With that in mind, Rayment has also put an offer to Francis Green.
The 32-year-old hitman played 107 times for Posh between 1998 and 2003, scoring 14 goals. He also netted 18 goals in 99 appearances for Lincoln City.
He had other Football League experience with Boston United and Macclesfield Town and just last season he helped Ilkeston to promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.
Rayment wants Green but accepts the club could not support four strikers – so it could be a case of first come, first served.
And he reiterated his underlying masterplan.
He said: “I’m determined that this football club is going to be a proper club with good infrastructure.
“There’s a two-year plan in place and when we get to that point we’ll look at another one.
“One of my first aims is to get supporters back through the turnstiles. I believe the quality of player we’re signing should be capable of doing that.”