“We will only get stronger – and that’s a warning to the rest of the teams in this league.”
So says Spalding United boss Pat Rayment as they aim for a fifth successive win against Newcastle Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South on Saturday.
The Tulips are boosted by the arrival of Ryan Oliver while fellow frontman Mark Jones is back in the squad.
Central defender Nathan Stainfield is likely to return on Tuesday at Loughborough Dynamo after injury.
However, midfielder Luke Thurlbourne could be out for six weeks with an ankle injury.
Rayment said: “That’s a massive loss but we are getting stronger as a squad.
“We are now where we should have been at the end of pre-season.
“We have a nice mixture of physicality, pace and football ability.”
Meanwhile, Spalding will be away to Norton United in the FA Cup second qualifying round a week on Saturday.
The Staffordshire side beat Rayment’s former club Corby Town 2-1 in a midweek replay.