Left winger Jamie Thurlbourne has made a surprise move from Spalding United to county rivals Stamford.
Thurlbourne, who also played at left back for the Tulips, only joined the Sir Halley Steward Playing Field outfit mid-way through last season after his exit from King’s Lynn Town.
His finest moment in a blue shirt was perhaps his final game for the club, when he scored in a 4-0 UCL KO Cup final success over St Ives Town.
Spalding supremo Pat Rayment was a little surprised to see him opt for a switch to the Daniels, but said his side couldn’t compete with the level of football or wages offered by the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit.
Rayment said: “It was a bit of a shock. But they’ve offered him better terms than we could give and obviously play at a higher level, so it was up to him to decide.
“At this stage I’ll not be looking to bring anybody in to replace him. With Jake Gibson and Dan Cotton on the books we’re very well-stocked on the left side.”
UCL Premier Division title-hopefuls Spalding have added seven players – Andrew Tidswell, Jamie Stevens, Jonny Allen, Adam Jackson, Lewis Webb, Sam Mullarkey and Nathan Stainfield – to their ranks this summer.
But Thurlbourne follows Glen Fuff, Michael Jacklin, Nick Jackson and Jay Smedley out of the exit door.
The Tulips kick off their pre-season campaign at Crowland Town on Saturday (2pm).
Spalding have also added another date to their friendly line-up. They will now take on Peterborough League treble-winners Moulton Harrox at the Sir Halley Stewary Playing Field on July 25 (7.45pm).