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FOOTBALL: Mettam and Hugo return to Spalding United




Leon Mettam
Leon Mettam

Leon Mettam and James Hugo have agreed deals to rejoin Spalding United next season.

Experienced striker Mettam helped the Tulips to reach the Evo-Stik South play-off final in 2016-17, scoring in the defeat to Witton Albion.

He returned to King’s Lynn Town but was released this summer after they missed out on promotion.

Spalding manager Chris Rawlinson said: "Leon brings star quality and, although he's getting towards the end of his career, he's still only 31.

"If we look after him, I'm sure we'll get a good season out of him again.

"We've also confirmed a deal with Tom Siddons so hopefully that partnership can provide the goals which we were missing last term."

James Hugo
James Hugo

Hugo spent the second half of last term with Spalding on a work experience loan from Lincoln City’s academy.

He impressed at left wing-back when the Tulips switched formation. However, Hugo left Lincoln at the end of the campaign.

Rawlinson added: "I'm equally pleased to get him on board because I thought he could have got a one-year professional contract at Lincoln.

"He is a real talent and one of the most promising 18-year-olds I've seen for a long time."

Jenk Acar has agreed to stay while Spalding have offered a deal to striker Luke White who was also freed by Lincoln following a loan spell.

Rawlinson said: "We don't need too much more work on the squad as the majority are staying.

"Younger players will get a chance to prove their worth by coming through the ranks and pushing the more experienced squad members.

"We have options to turn the formation into a more offensive plan by pushing our wing-backs higher up the pitch. We'll explore that in pre-season."

Meanwhile, Paul Walker has joined Cleethorpes Town to play closer to his home in Grimsby. He also had a spell at Boston United last season.

Rawlinson said: "He has been brilliant on and off the pitch but he's had enough of the travelling. Good luck to him."



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