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Spalding United secure the services of defender Ben Greenwood and striker Jacob Fenton

Tulips boss Lewis Thorogood believes the returning Ben Greenwood has unfinished business with the Northern Premier League club after securing the services of the defender for the coming campaign.

Greenwood played a vital role for the Tulips during last season’s South East Division campaign.

However, he was forced to depart the Sir Halley Stewart ground in mid-January, along with skipper Lewis Brownhill and his brother Joel, when historic debts saw the Tulips cut their playing budget.

Thumbs-up from Spalding's Ben Greenwood.
Thumbs-up from Spalding's Ben Greenwood.

Greenwood moved to Newark Flowserve for the remainder of last season, but Thorogood was delighted to have him back in the Tulips ranks for the new campaign.

He enthused: “I’m really pleased to have Ben back on board with us.

“He’s been a rock to us when he was there last season. He’s a great lad with a great attitude.

“I was honest with him about what was going on last season because he’s such a great lad. He had been an honest worker for us and I had to be truthful with him.

“We couldn’t afford to keep him so I would rather he went and found a club where he could be looked after.

“But that was why he was keen to come back for this season because he’s got unfinished business.

“We’ve got a very good mutual respect for each other and he’s going to be an integral part of our defensive line.”

Jacob Fenton (left) celebrates after a Bourne Town goal last season.
Jacob Fenton (left) celebrates after a Bourne Town goal last season.

Spalding have also strengthened their attacking options by signing former Lincoln City youngster Jacob Fenton.

Fenton featured for Bourne Town in the United Counties League Division One last season and also had spells with Bottesford Town and Sleaford Town.

And Thorogood feels his Spalding switch could help kick-start his career as part of a Tulips attacking quartet which also includes new signing Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, plus returning duo Jack Smith and Tobias Liversidge.

Thorogood said: “Jacob was with Sleaford and Bourne last season because he was trying to get back into football but, with the greatest of respect, he should be playing at a higher level.

“He’s got a good build, a good attitude and comes with a good pedigree because he was at Lincoln City and Gainsborough Trinity for a reason.

“He’s keen to kick-start his career again and I want to help him do that. His work ethic in training has been absolutely superb and I want to give him that opportunity to prove himself.

“I’ve always said that I wanted people in my squad who are prepared to work hard and Jacob is one of those players.

“I think we’ve got a nice attacking blend now. We’ve got to get the pairing right and get them firing but that’s what pre-season is all about.”

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