Spalding make shock signings as Brownhill brothers return
Spalding United have put out their clearest statement of intent yet ahead of the new season by announcing the shock return of the Brownhill brothers, Lewis and Joel.
Just six months after a punishing cost-cutting exercise that saw the Tulips not only lose two of their most experienced players, along with reliable defender Ben Greenwood, all three players are back at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in a matter of just three weeks.
Lewis Greenwood, who was given the captain’s arm band at Spalding under previous manager Matt Easton before his sudden departure in February, scored six goals in 18 games last season.
Meanwhile, striker Joel netted nine times in the same number of games for the Tulips, including a memorable hat-trick at Stocksbridge Park Steels in September 2019.
Spalding manager Lewis Thorogood said: “I’m delighted to have Lewis and Joel signed and part of the squad.
“It’s part of our plans to progress and, in order to do that, we’ve got to move the club forward.
“The opportunity has arisen to bring them back and I’m overjoyed to have them back because the attributes they bring to the team are obvious to all, so it’s a very exciting double addition for us.
“We never wanted them to leave last season and I know they were just as disappointed as we were that it happened.
“But that’s all behind us now and it’s a testament to their attitudes that they understood the situation then and have been told where we are now. Quite a few clubs have been after both of them so for Lewis and Joel to have signed and committed their futures to the club shows that we’re making progress, which is important.”
Thorogood revealed that Lewis appeared as an unnamed trialist for Spalding in their friendly at United Counties League Division One side Holwell Sports last Wednesday.
“Lewis came and played some of the game, so it was a good opportunity to speak to him,” Thorogood said.
“Both he and Joel, like Ben Greenwood, have got unfinished business at the club and everyone at Spalding United looks forward to watching them.”
After leaving the Tulips, Lewis and Joel both spent time at Midland League Premier Division side Newark who hosted Thorogood’s side in a pre-season friendly last Saturday.
The Brownhills could both make an appearance in pre-season action at United Counties League Premier Division neighbours Pinchbeck United tomorrow.
Thorogood said: “I’m keen to give all of the lads time on Friday because we’re now dialling down and looking at starting 11s, specific positions and specific roles for the side.”