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Tulips set to step up development plans

Spalding United under-21s at the end of last season
Spalding United under-21s at the end of last season

Spalding United have revealed more plans to develop young talent into first-team players.

The Tulips are looking to put an under-23 squad in next season's Lincolnshire League.

The club's new under-18 elite development side have been accepted into the FA Youth Cup.

They will also play in the Lincolnshire Intermediate League's south section on Sunday mornings.

Spalding are planning to continue in the Lincolnshire FA Under-21 Development League, having narrowly missed out on a place in the grand final at the end of their debut season.

Development manager Lewis Thorogood said: "I had a meeting on Thursday night with the Lincolnshire League committee who were happy with our application.

"There shouldn't be any problems ahead of the annual meeting in July.

"We will make another presentation to member clubs but it looks to be positive.

"The league needs more clubs with better quality. We will effectively have an under-23 team playing on Saturdays with the potential to include first-team squad members.

"We want to continue in the under-21 league for midweek matches as well.

"Some of last season's squad have been offered first-team deals for next season so it's great to see them making progress.

"The core of the squad have committed to return and we'll bring in fresh signings.

"A lot of youngsters have already approached us to say they want to be part of what we are doing here.

"It's encouraging to see the strength of the development squad.

"Potentially, it will be more physical in the Lincolnshire League but some of our younger players have already gained experience of men's football last season in the United Counties League.

"We want to continue to build the development pathway of players from under-18s through to 21s and the first-team squad."

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