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Spalding United make a number of new signings and retain the services of players from last season

Spalding United have signed the core of their first team squad for the new Northern Premier League South East Division campaign.

Having already secured the services of new recruits Jamie Goddard, Ryan Flitton and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson as well as retaining Scott Floyd, Tobias Liversidge, Alex Smith and Elliott Burrell, manager Lewis Thorogood has added more playing pieces to his Spalding jigsaw.

Defensive duo Josh Spencer and Ben Richards have both committed for another season along with attacking pair George Couzens and Jack Smith as well as youngster Elliott Ramsden.

Josh Spencer (left).
Josh Spencer (left).

New recruits include former Lincoln City youngster Max Gee – who played for Pinchbeck towards the end of last season – as well as Jamie Gaukroger, an ex-Boston United youngster who was also with the Knights last term.

Lithuanian midfielder Edgaras Buzas – who has previously played for the Tulips as well as Wisbech Town and Pinchbeck – has also returned to the club after a spell playing in Norway for Steinberg IF.

Lewis Smith – who featured a couple of times for the Tulips last season while dual registered with Lincoln Moorlands – has also put pen-to-paper while Thorogood has also held positive talks with a couple more additions.

He commented: “I’m really pleased to get the signings over the line.

“There are a couple of other player developments going on behind the scenes as well which would be fantastic if they came off.

“We’re not that far away from probably having what we want for the first core of the squad and my shopping for pre-season would be pretty much done.

Former Wisbech midfielder Edgaras Buzas has returned to Spalding after a spell playing in Norway.
Former Wisbech midfielder Edgaras Buzas has returned to Spalding after a spell playing in Norway.

“It’s all positive stuff really and I’m excited about trying to move things forward. It will take a while, but every week we are edging ever closer to real progress.

“We want to make things work and improve the structure and stability of the club.

“I’m going to be doing some meetings and sessions with the youth coaches at the club this week and it will be great to hear what their thoughts are on youth football and indeed the pathway and progression of players.”

With a September start date looking increasing likely for the Northern Premier League South East Division campaign, Spalding are expected to start pre-season training early next month.

Thorogood added: “I’m looking forward to getting back and doing a bit of something and getting the boys to meet the new faces and see where it takes us from there.

“The options on starting the new season seems like slightly more positive news.

“Every team is going to need a longer pre-season and I don’t believe there’s a club in the land who have arranged a date for a pre-season friendly yet. I’ve got teams we are going to play, but we can’t agree a date yet.

Jack Smith.
Jack Smith.

“I think the first week of September is the most likely option to start the league. It will give us July to train, August to have pre-season friendlies before we start.

“We’re now going to push on and start pre-season training in early July. We want to get the boys back together, start getting them acclimatized and doing a bit again.

“The boys are asking to do it. They’re keen to get back. We’re not going to push ourselves too much, but equally we need to gentle ease ourselves back in.”

George Couzens (left).
George Couzens (left).

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