Luke Wilson, Tom Smith, Adam Jackson, Nick Jackson and Josh Ford re-sign for Holbeach United
Holbeach United have continued their recruitment for the coming campaign by retaining the services of five players who are loyal to the Tigers cause.
Luke Wilson, Tom Smith, Adam Jackson, Nick Jackson and Josh Ford have all agreed terms to remain at Carter’s Park for another season.
They follow in the footsteps of Spencer Tinkler, Ricky Drury, Jon Fairweather and Jonny Lockie in signing for the United Counties League Premier Division campaign.
Manager Phil Barnes commented: “I spoke to those five players in March when I took over and they virtually committed then because they are good, honest and loyal lads at this level.
“There’s no shirts given but they will be strong contenders every week so I’m happy with the signings. It’s good to have them with us again.
“They are all good lads to have around the changing room and have all been spot on with myself, Dean Elston and Martyn Bunce since we took over.”
The latest signings were all the cornerstones of last season’s Tigers squad which were fifth in the Premier Division and through to the final of the Kitman UK League Cup when the COVID-19 outbreak ended their season.
Wilson played more than 30 games for the Tigers after joining from near neighbours Pinchbeck while Ford fired 17 goals in a similar playing stint.
Left-back Smith scooped the manager’s player of the year award given by last season’s Holbeach boss Danny Hussey after a consistent campaign while Tigers stalwart Adam Jackson was joint winner of the supporters’ accolade with Fairweather.
Nick Jackson returned to Carter’s Park in September of last season after a spell with Pinchbeck. He had skippered the Tigers in their Lincolnshire Senior Trophy triumph in 2018.
However, Liam Adams – who was voted chairman/sponsors’ player of the year – has decided against returning to Holbeach for the new season in favour of a move to higher level Wisbech Town.
Adams joined the Tigers last season from Stamford and will link up with former Holbeach player Danny Setchell at Fenland Stadium.
Boss Barnes added: “It’s a shame to lose Liam because he was a real handful at UCL level in the games which I watched last season, but you can’t fault him for wanting to play at a higher level.
“It’s like Will Bird who has signed for Blackstones. We have left the door open for them in that they would be welcomed back if things don’t work out.”