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Spalding United set their sights on signing a striker with National League North experience

Spalding United manager Lewis Thorogood is confident he will have the best strike pairing in the league if his recruitment plans come to fruition.

Having already secured the services of Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, the Tulips boss is in talks with another forward who played at a higher level last season.

And, if Thorogood can lure the frontman to the Sir Halley Stewart ground, he is backing the duo to strike fear in Northern Premier League South East Division defences next season.

Jamie Jackson has been offered the chance to return to Spalding United for next season.
Jamie Jackson has been offered the chance to return to Spalding United for next season.

He explained: “I am in talks with another striker who was playing at step two in the National League North last season.

“He’s a player that I’ve known for a little while and talks are positive and ongoing.

“If I can get him in then I would nail my hat to the mast and say that, with him and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, we would have the best centre forward pairing in the league.

“You won’t technically and pace-wise, with an eye for goal, find two better strikers in this league.

“It’s a bold statement but, if it comes off, it could potentially be very exciting.

“There are a lot of hurdles to get over and I’ve got to be realistic about it so we’ll have to wait and see.

“If it’s not viable then it isn’t but, if it’s do-able, then we’ll make it happen. It has to be right for all parties and, as I’ve always said, it has to be done with Spalding United in mind first and foremost.”

The Tulips have offered striker Jamie Jackson – who led the front-line for the majority of last season – the chance to return for the coming campaign.

However, the Sheffield-based frontman has a number of work commitments which are currently taking priority over his football.

Thorogood said: “Jamie has been offered a retainer, but he’s got a new business up in Sheffield which he’s working hard with and he’s very integral to what is going on in the world at the moment in terms of his job.

“We’ve had chats and the offer will stay on the table for him until he’s ready. I’m not going to push him because, in the current climate, his business is more important than semi-professional football.”

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