TULIPS: TJ makes Spalding return as King completes Corby move

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Spalding United have lost star striker Gary King to Corby Town – but have replaced him with a familiar face.

King, who netted eight times since moving to the Tulips from Stamford at the start of the year, joins the Blue Square Bet North-based Steelmen on a dual registration basis with immediate effect.

But Spalding boss Pat Rayment has moved swiftly to replace him, snapping up former favourite TJ Nightingale from Grantham Town.

Nightingale, who notched 16 times for the Tulips before moving on to the Gingerbreads, goes straight into the squad for tonight’s (Tuesday) UCL Knockout Cup quarter-final with Peterborough Northern Star at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field (7.45pm).

Rayment said: “We couldn’t deny Gary the chance to go to Corby, it’s a very good standard and I wish him well. He’ll still be signed to us, but I’m not expecting to have him too often.

“We can’t compete with the level of football Corby can offer and I’m sure Gary will be great for them.

“Corby is a club I have a lot of time for and I wish them both the best.

“Fortunately, we’ve been able to get TJ back. It’s a shame we can’t pair him with Gary, but bringing him back means we shouldn’t be affected too much.

“We didn’t want TJ to leave in the first place, he has a lot to offer.”

Follow @LFPSport on Twitter to see how Nightingale’s second Spalding debut goes tonight. We’ll have live match updates from 7.45pm.