Spalding squad must show honesty and professionalism

The main stand at the Sir Halley Stewart Field
The main stand at the Sir Halley Stewart Field
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Professionalism is a key word for Pat Rayment’s plans in putting together a new-look squad at Spalding United this summer.

He accused some players of letting their standards drop last season.

But Rayment insists the management team will put it right with a series of new signings.

The Tulips manager said: “The blueprint for the first team is all about trying to get as many locally-based players within 30 or 40 miles.

“We have agreed terms in principle with eight players from last season’s squad and we are just waiting for the forms to be signed.

“We will be looking to bring in eight to ten new players this summer.

“We want young players who are hungry and more mobile. They can be mixed in with two or three who are established here.

“We want honesty and more professionalism. The the ability will come out of that.

“I feel we had a massive shortfall in those areas last season.

“Gone are the days where this club threw out money on people because of their background rather than what they are doing now.

“We want players to look after themselves away from football because some of them have let the standards drop. That’s what we mean in terms of professionalism.

“As a management team we have to look at ourselves first to eradicate those shortfalls by making sure we do a lot better.

“This club can only move forward under one umbrella with the first team, reserves, youth team, juniors and girls.

“Everyone will come together as a whole group.

“But we’ve got to be able to find places to play because we can’t expect all those teams to have facilities at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.”