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Holbeach United retain the services of captain Spencer Tinkler

Skipper Spencer Tinkler has become the first player to commit to Holbeach United for the coming campaign.

Tinkler has signed for a fifth successive United Counties League season after first moving to Carters Park for the start of the 2016/17 term.

He has since made more than 150 appearances for the Tigers after joining from Deeping Rangers.

Spencer Tinkler.
Spencer Tinkler.

New Tigers boss Phil Barnes was delighted to retain the services of his captain and is hoping the majority of last season’s squad will now follow their skipper’s lead and stay with the United Counties League Premier Division club.

Barnes said: “We know that Spencer’s a leader on the pitch and we’re happy to continue that.

“He gets other people going and we’re really pleased that he’s stopping. Hopefully we can now start getting a few more to commit.

“We’ve been keeping in contact with the lads and the aim this week is to speak to them further and see what direction they’re going in. From what I can gather a lot of them are keen to stay.”

However, striker Will Bird is one player who isn’t expected to return to Carters Park for the coming campaign.

Bird looks bound for Division One side Blackstones after finding his opportunities limited in recent seasons.

Will Bird.
Will Bird.

Barnes explained: “Will probably hasn’t quite had the game-time he would have liked over the past couple of seasons.

“Myself and Dean Elston both told him that we would give him a decent crack because everything is performance-related and you can’t guarantee shirts.

“It was down to him and it looks like he’s going to Blackstones which is on his doorstep. The door is always open for him at Holbeach though if things don’t work out.”

The Tigers are now awaiting further guidance on when their new campaign will kick-off before starting pre-season.

A September start date has been mooted following a Football Association meeting with the step five and six leagues.

Barnes added: “Everybody is eager to start but, as a management team, until you get a date you don’t want to end up having something like a four-month pre-season.

“You want something to build towards because we don’t want to lose any impetus if we start too early. We do not want to be starting just for the sake of it.

“We’ve sent the players stuff to do at home and hopefully they’re keeping a reasonable level of fitness.”

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