Holbeach United new boy Ash Fuller admits he wouldn’t have dropped down to the UCL for any manager other than John Chand.
The flying left-winger, who has an eye for goal, signed for the Tigers this week and is expected to be one of the stars of their title bid.
Fuller played for Chand when he got a team together for the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup with Magnet Tavern.
They got through to the 2010 final at Anfield, where they were beaten 4-2 by a powerful Hetton Lyons side.
Fuller has kept in touch with Chand since then and played for him in five-a-side-tournaments and he delighted the Tigers joint-manager this week when agreeing to sign.
He said: “The most difficult thing was deciding whether I wanted to drop down to the UCL.
“Spalding wanted to sign me last season and at the time I didn’t want to drop down.
“It would probably have been the same this season if any other UCL side came in for me as I don’t think I’d have dropped down for any manager other than John.
“John knows me and what I bring to the team and he will give me the freedom to play to my strengths.
“I’ve made a couple of wrong decisions in the last few seasons and it was important that I joined a club that would be challenging for honours, even if it meant dropping down a level.
“I am uber competitive in everything that I do, so I want to be in a team that is going places.”
Meanwhile, joint boss Graham Drury has also persuaded one of his former players to join the club.
Ex-Spalding winger Jake Gibson, who played under Drury at Stamford, has added further class to the Tigers squad.