Spalding United skipper Nathan Stainfield came close to quitting the club this summer – but now he feels ready to lead the push for promotion.
The central defender revealed that he was set for a switch to play-off winners Coalville Town.
There was only going to be one club who I would sign for at this level. So I decided to stay with Spalding and hopefully we can push on.Nathan Stainfield
Instead, Stainfield had a change of heart and decided to stay with the Tulips.
He agreed a new deal even before the appointment of boss Dave Frecklington at the Sir Halley Stewart Field plus the arrival of new signings.
Stainfield believes that the Tulips can match his ambition of reaching the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s top flight via the First Division South championship or play-off final.
He said: “Pre-season will start on Saturday, the club have brought in a few lads and I’m looking forward to the new campaign.
“We need to get to know each other and make sure we gel as a squad.
“I like the idea of having 14 or 15 players who will stick together as a settled side. If players do leave, it will have to be for the right reasons.
“At the end of last season I had a lot of clubs showing an interest and originally I was going to Coalville.
“But then I thought again about the travelling and work commitments.
“There was only going to be one club who I would sign for at this level.
“So I decided to stay with Spalding and hopefully we can push on.
“I want to get into the Evo-Stik Premier Division as soon as possible and I feel we can turn that into reality here.”
Meanwhile, Spalding are offering 10 per cent off season tickets.
The Tulips’ early bird offer is open until July 10.
Normal pay-on-the-day admission prices remain at £8 (adults) and £5 (concession / students).
Season tickets are £125 (adult) or £70 (concession / students) which means a saving of up to £43 off the turnstile rate over 21 home league matches.
Next season, fans aged 11 to 16 will be admitted for free to all games.
A club spokesman said: “Encouraging supporters to part with their hard-earned cash by signing up for a season ticket is beneficial to the club as it means we have some extra much-needed funds in place for the start of the campaign.
“We feel that we reward such loyalty by offering good base rates on the season tickets as well as our early bird incentive to try to get as many as possible signed up before the season starts.”
For more information about season tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org
They can be bought in the Tulips Social Club, within the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, which will be open frequently during Euro 2016 – check @TulipsSocial and @spaldingunited Twitter feeds to find out opening times.