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FOOTBALL: Holbeach United sign four and let two go

Holbeach United boss Danny Hussey has made four new signings and let two players go as The Tigers prepare for the season ahead.

Coming in for the United Counties League premier division outfit are defender/midfielder John Fairweather, defender Luke Wilson, midfielder Joe Smith and striker Ryan Oliver.

Departing are Billy Smith and James Tricks as Hussey tries to put his own stamp on a team he inherited previous boss from Seb Hayes, who is now in charge at Wisbech Town, who play a level higher than Holbeach at the Step 4 Northern Premier League Division One South East.

New Holbeach United signings Luke Wilson, John Fairweather, Ryan Oliver and Joe Smith.
New Holbeach United signings Luke Wilson, John Fairweather, Ryan Oliver and Joe Smith.

Fairweather was captain of Wisbech last season and has played more than 400 games for the Fenmen. Hussey said: "John decided the travelling in Wisbech's league was too much for him. He adds to our strength in depth."

He said Wilson, who joins from neighbours Pinchbeck United and has also played for the Fenmen, is "a really good player, a great signing" who can play anywhere across the back four.

Box-to-box midfielder Joe Smith joins from Sleaford Town and is a player Hussey has been eyeing up for some time: "He's a big, energetic, tall lad with a great pedigree.

"He's great at the defensive side of the game and can also score goals."

Oliver is a target man who has played for nearby Deeping Rangers and had a brief spell at Pinchbeck last season. Hussey said of his new striker: "He's an established Step 5 player who has also done well at a higher level."

The manager said all the new additions will strengthen the team and boost a squad that was looking quite thin towards the end of the season. Pre-season training starts on June 26.


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