TULIPS: Spalding seal Bull swoop ahead of Linnets clash

Done deal: Liam Bull, pictured playing against Boston United on Saturday, has signed for the Tulips. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG280712-131TW
Done deal: Liam Bull, pictured playing against Boston United on Saturday, has signed for the Tulips. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG280712-131TW
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SPALDING United boss Pat Rayment has hit the bullseye with his latest summer signing.

Right back Liam Bull, who impressed on trial for the Tulips in the 2-0 win over Boston United last Saturday, has agreed terms over a permanent move to the club.

The ex-Lincoln City youth team captain was a regular for Evo-Stik League First Division South outfit Lincoln United last season – and almost joined Spalding in March.

He was also sent off 15 minutes into a Holbeach United trial at Wisbech last week, but Tigers boss John Chand still wanted to bring him to Carter’s Park.

Instead, he’s plumped for a move to title favourites Spalding – and Rayment is pleased to have finally got his man.

“It was no secret that we tried to bring Liam to the club last season,” said the ex-Peterborough United professional. “We weren’t really an attractive proposition then, but we certainly are now and I’m glad to have him signed.

“He proved his ability against a Boston United side that had been flying over pre-season until they met us.

“Anybody I bring to the club now has to be better than what we already have and Liam fits that bill. He was a regular with a team in a higher league last season and is only 21.

“He plays in the same position as I used to and I can tell he has great positional sense.”

Bull should again be in the squad for Spalding’s final pre-season fixture against King’s Lynn Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Saturday (3pm).

The Linnets finished some 56 points clear of the Tulips en route to gaining promotion from the UCL Premier Division last season – and cruised to a 4-0 win at the Sir Halley.

Rayment is a big fan of Gary Setchell’s side and expects them to provide the toughest test of summer so far, but he reckons his Tulips can beat anyone if they’re on-song – especially if he can get star striker Shane Tolley on the field.

Tolley has missed much of pre-season with a niggly hip knock, but should be fit to play some part against Lynn.

Rayment added: “I’ve spoken to Setch quite a lot this summer, we get on very well.

“They’ve added a few lads from Long Buckby and will be a much more physical side, which will stand them in good stead this season.

“I do think they’ve gone up to a very difficult league though – one we hope to be in next year. They’re a club equipped to go as far as they want and I’m sure they’ll do well and they’re rightfully among the favourites.

“That’s why we wanted to play them. We’ll need to get in their faces and play like we did against Boston. I’d back us against anyone if we play to our potential.”

One man who won’t be involved is Lewis Brooks. The versatile left sider has told Rayment that he can’t commit to Spalding and is expected to join Boston United Reserves.