Spalding Utd team photo at Halley Stewart Field'Danny Hussey (Player/coach) ENGANL00120130923115007
Spalding Utd team photo at Halley Stewart Field'Danny Hussey (Player/coach) ENGANL00120130923115007
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Four more players are set to leave Spalding United but manager Pat Rayment is closing on his first signings of the summer.

And the Tulips boss promises: “When the signings start they won’t stop.”

Player-coach Danny Hussey, Josh Ford, Johnny Allen and Ross Watson have all rejected new deals but Rayment is confident of adding to his squad soon.

He has given deadlines to several players he has spoken to and believes he is about to make a breakthrough.

Meanwhile, Rayment is full of praise for those who have decided against staying at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.

Rayment is particularly disappointed to lose the services of Hussey, who has been with him at Deeping and Spalding.

While the manager is sorry to lose his trusted ally, he remains convinced that the feel-good factor is set to remain at the club.

Having guided the Tulips to the UCL title this season, Rayment is planning for another promotion bid next season and he has high hopes for Hussey’s replacement.

He said: “Danny has been with me all the way through and he has been brilliant for me.

“It’s a shame that, because of his business, he did not feel that he could commit to us but I have a ready-made replacement lined up that I hope to be able to reveal by the end of the week.

“Josh felt he needed another season in the UCL but there will be no lack of interest in him because he is a decent player.

“Ross is due to start a business and he felt he couldn’t commit while Johnny’s personal circumstances have changed and, as a result, he had to turn down our offer because of the travelling involved next season.

“I assume he will now join Holbeach.”

Adam Jackson and Dan Cotton have already left the club after playing a big part in the Tulips’ promotion season but Rayment is confident the new signings he is trying to line up will more than make up for the departures.

He said: “I’m absolutely gutted these lads have decided to leave but the quality of the people we are trying to bring in to the club will excite people.

“We haven’t released any player but I understand why these players are unable to commit to us and I am determind to bring in the right people to replace them.

“I am confident we can make the top five next season.”