FOOTBALL: Over and out from Stainfield

Nathan Stainfield
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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.