TULIPS: Tulips miss out on Miller as Rayment chases Johnston

Spalding exit? Cambridge City are keen on Liam Bull.
Spalding exit? Cambridge City are keen on Liam Bull.
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KERN Miller has turned down the chance to join Spalding United – sparking boss Pat Rayment to make a move for Frickley Athletic defender Tom Johnston.

Ex-Boston United centre back Miller had been mulling over an offer from the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field club, but has instead plumped for a switch to higher-graded Worksop Town.

The Tulips’ search for new talent is far from over though, with a seven-day notice of approach already in for 23-year-old Johnston, who joined Frickley from Goole AFC over the summer.

Rayment is also working on a deal to bring Stefan Oakes to the club. The ex-Leicester City midfielder scored a cracker on debut in Wednesday’s 8-0 friendly win over Bourne Town and Rayment says he is keen to join the UCL Premier Division side.

But with Oakes having played at Conference side Tamworth last year, negotiations to bring the gifted left-footer to step five of the non-league ladder are likely to go into next week.

Meanwhile, right back Liam Bull is attracting interest from Southern Premier Division outfit Cambridge City, who have made an official seven-day approach.

Rayment said: “Kern has decided to play the level with Worksop – so I can have no complaints. Good luck to him, I’d always encourage players to play as high as they can.

“We’ve made an approach for Tom Johnston, but that’s about all I can say on that at the moment.

“As for Stefan, he’s keen to come here and we’d love to have him. It’s just a case of thrashing a deal out, it’s always problematic to bring an ex-Premier League player in financially – but Stefan has been first class.

“He’s some way off being fit and he knows that, but he’s told me that he’s pleasantly surprised with the players here and wants to be involved.

“We’ve had an approach from Cambridge for Liam. He’s not currently in the side and he knows why, but that doesn’t mean we want to lose him.

“I’ve not spoken to him about it, but if he wants to go and play two levels higher that’s absolutely fine by me. It’s really up to him.”

Spalding visit Lutterworth Athletic in the FA Vase tomorrow.