Spalding United skipper Nathan Stainfield has joined Gainsborough Trinity.
The central defender has been an outstanding player for the Tulips during four years at the club - and boss Chris Rawlinson said it hadn’t been an easy decision for Stainfield to move on.
He said: “Nathan rang me on Sunday afternoon to tell me he would be moving on.
“As much as it’s a shame and a blow to our operations, Nathan has given wonderful service to Spalding United for four years and good luck to him - he goes with our best wishes.
“He felt at his age, he had to try to play at a higher level while the chance was there.
“It’s a shame but we move on.”
However, there was better news for the Tulips with stalwart keeper Michael Duggan agreeing a new deal and Paul Walker signing on the dotted line on Monday morning.
“It’s great that we have their commitment,” said Rawlinson.
“It’s a slow process now as we look to build a side but the good news is that I have three or four new lads that I’m talking to.”
While fans will be disappointed to see Stainfield leaving the club, most recognise that he is capable at playing at a higher level of football.
As much as it’s a shame and a blow to our operations, Nathan has given wonderful service to Spalding United for four years and good luck to him - he goes with our best wishes.Chris Rawlinson
“That’s non-League football,” said Rawlinson. “In the four years he has given to us, he has shown he has the ability to play at a higher level and he goes with our blessing.”
Stainfield has joined National League North club Gainborough Trinity, reuniting with ex-Tulips boss Dave Frecklington and last season’s top scorer Bradley Wells.