Rayment: Tulips squad is so exciting

Neal Spafford in action for Wisbech
Neal Spafford in action for Wisbech
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Pat Rayment feels excited over Spalding United’s new-look squad.

The Tulips boss is thrilled with deals to bring in Sam Murphy, Adam Millson, Neal Spafford and Michael Frew.

Despite the disappointment of losing Jamie Stevens to Holbeach United, so far the summer transfer market has left Rayment optimistic on Spalding’s prospects.

A consortium is close to completing a takeover of the club and Rayment is ready to lead another promotion bid on the pitch.

He said: “This is the most exciting group of players we’ve put together since I have been in charge at the club.

“We have got variety and healthy competition for first-team places.

“The standard is going up next season and we will get more percentages out of these players’ performances.

“We’ve got a blend of youth and experience with hunger, desire, pace and quality.

“We are going to change the way we play with options of two systems next season – at home and away – so who we pick will come down to injuries, suspensions and form.

“Our decisions will not depend too much on the opposition because I believe too many managers pay more attention to the other team.

“Of course, we will give them the respect which they deserve. But I have always been a great believer in this is all about what we do.

“These are exciting times as those four new boys will give us so much more.”

Meanwhile, Rayment has revealed that striker Jordan Hempenstall will be ruled out of action until Christmas due to cruciate ligament damage.

Central defender Nathan Stainfield will also be absent until September as his knee and shoulder problems need complete rest.

Midfielder Dan Banister is unavailable for Spalding’s pre-season programme as he is coaching in America.

Rayment has ruled out a move for one of his transfer targets but he remains hopeful of bringing in a young centre-half.