FOOTBALL: Summer price war as UCL goes crazy

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THE United Counties League transfer market has ‘gone crazy’ this summer, according to Blackstones co-boss Darren Jarvis.

Spalding United’s return to UCL competition following relegation from the Evo-Stik League, combined with the transfer prowess of Boston Town, Holbeach United and to a lesser extent, Deeping Rangers, has made for a busy summer of signings.

Jarvis and joint chief Michael Goode have managed to fend off interest in a host of their players from other, wealthier Lincolnshire clubs at Premier Division level.

With three-figure wages now seemingly commonplace in the UCL’s top flight, Jarvis is the first boss to speak out about the price war.

He said: “It has gone crazy. Everyone is fighting for the same players and they all seem to be prepared to spend big money to get them.

“There is absolutely no way we can compete financially with the other Lincolnshire clubs at our level, but when it comes down to the environment of the club, the team spirit and the style of football played we feel we do come out on top.”

“We’ve had approaches for nine players all with the prospect of increased money elsewhere, but we have managed to retain the vast majority of our squad.”

Blackstones’ right-sider David Burton-Jones is reportedly being tracked by Spalding after the Tulips missed out on Holbeach United’s Mitch Griffiths.