FOOTBALL: ‘Massive signing’ for Holbeach United
Holbeach United have agreed a deal to sign ‘the best left-back in the league’.
Tom Smith will move to Carter’s Park this summer from Deeping Rangers.
Tigers boss Seb Hayes said: “I’ve been chasing him for more than a year and I made the usual call in pre-season.
“I wasn’t really expecting to get anywhere but this time he was ready to talk.
“I told him how I see him fitting in here, pretty quickly he spoke to Deeping and the next day he told me he would sign for us.
“This is a massive signing for us because I believe he’s the best left-back in the league.
“It was a big decision because he has been at Deeping for a while but he wants to make up for losing time last season when he was injured.
“He knows a few of our lads and, although I expect Deeping to be up there as well, we will be going for the title next season.
“We are not happy to just finish in the top five.
“Bringing in Tom and Josh Ford from Wisbech Town - plus a couple of other signings next week - will give us a stronger squad.
“I believe in what we are doing here and we’ve added quality to the squad.
“We are very close to completing the squad ahead of pre-season training next week then we can start the push for the title.”
Meanwhile, Adam Jackson has joined the management team as player-coach alongside Hayes and assistant boss Tim Cole.
Hayes added: “When he came back to Holbeach last season, he made it clear that he wanted to get involved behind the scenes.
“At the age of 30, he’s looking at the bigger picture by playing as well as showing an interest in coaching. This is the happiest time for him when he has been in and out of the club.
“I wanted to work with people who love the club so he’s the perfect candidate to help out in training and warm-ups.
“On matchdays we’ll also have the support of Wayne Oldaker at times, although he doesn't want to commit full-time."
Central defender Joe Braithwaite has left Holbeach following a better offer from ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One side Harrowby United.
Hayes said: "We didn't even need to have a conversation because he had to go for it. I understand his decision and there are no hard feelings."