FOOTBALL: Deeping swoop for ex-Tulips skipper

On the move: Matty Evans
On the move: Matty Evans
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FORMER Spalding United skipper Matty Evans has become Deeping Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer.

The versatile defender joins the high-profile additions of Tony Battersby, Adam Weston and Nick Conroy, who signed all signed on at Outgang Road last week.

Evans, who spent the second half of last season with with Evo-Stik League First Division South side Stamford, left the Tulips in the wake of Richard Scott’s resignation.

Ex-Holbeach United keeper Conroy joins from Peterborough Northern Star, while Battersby is stepping down a level having played for Stamford last season.

Deeping will be the 23rd club of a career that has seen the 35-year-old play in the Football League with Sheffield United, Notts County and Lincoln City.

Deeping fans will be familiar with Weston, who was a big hit in Tuncay Korkmaz’s first season as boss.

Rangers supremo Korkmaz admits it has been tough to sign all of his targets this summer, but is happy with his captures so far.

He said: “I’ve seen Evans play for Spalding and Stamford in the past and he’s a player I like.

“He’s comfortable in a number of positions, so will be a welcome addition.

“Nick has proved himself to be one of, if not the best goalkeeper around here at this level while Tony did a terrific job for me at Stamford.

“Some people will accuse Tony of not scoring enough goals, but I feel sure he will get his fair share at this level.

“And it is great to have Adam back with us.

“He is a player I know well and someone who has done a cracking job for me in the past.”

All four should be in action in Deeping’s first pre-season fixture of the summer at Mildenhall on July 16.

Rangers then travel to Ely City on July 23, before home clashes with Grantham Town (July 28), Soham Town (August 2) and Lincoln United (August 6).

Korkmaz is still looking to arrange one more friendly date.