With hard news/rumours flying across the airwaves almost hourly at this time of year, the best way for fans to keep abreast of all transfer news across the non-league circuit is doubtlessly via the Twittersphere!
However, for those not prone to the occasional 'tweet', here's a brief run-down of transfer activity within Tulipsville since the end of the season:-
Only yesterday (9th June) undoubtedly the biggest signing of the summer will have raised a few eyebrows across Steps 3 & 4 of the non-league pyramid as former Grimsby Town player Paul Walker (19) agreed to sign for the Tulips on a one-year contract for 2015/16. The highly-rated defender was released from National League Grimsby on 19 May and will no doubt hope to use his opportunity with SUFC to springboard to a higher level but not, we hope, before he's helped establish the Tulips as a veritable force within the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South! The potential od the defensive barrier in front of goalkeeper Michael Duggan that will provided by Adam Jackson, Walker, a fully-fit Nate Stainfield and Dan Bannister is mind-boggling: great business by Pat Rayment!
Walker's arrival in defence, coupled with the signing of long-term striker target Michael Frew from King's Lynn Town, should prove to be yet more excellent business on the part of management. Coupled with those two signings was the acquisition of highly-rated duo Adam Millson & Neal Spafford from a troubled Wisbech Town, who now seem to have entered calmer waters following the unexpected departure of manager Dick Creasey and the appointment of former Yaxley boss, Brett Whalley.
All arrivals offset those players who will not be suiting up in Royal Blue next season: stalwart defender Jamie Stevens has returned to Holbeach United, where he feels he can settle long-term & enjoy the pursuit of another UCL Premier Division title & cup glory. Chris Hall (opting for a move to Lincoln United due largely to work commitments), Lee Beeson, Jack McGovern, Matty Nolan and Avi Vieira have also moved on to pastures new and the latest news regarding front-man Jordan Hempenstall (injured in late January 2015) is that he'll be out until at least March 2016: ouch!
Rumours abound that midfield dynamo Lewis Webb might also be considering his options, but nothing's been confirmed as yet as to whether he'll be staying/leaving - here's hoping 'He Who Barks Loudest' remains a Tulip a while longer!...
In welcoming all new players to the club (apologies to any missed off the list above!) the club would like to extend every best wish to those moving on, thanking them for their service in the hope our paths might cross again in 2015/16 and beyond: enjoy your onward journey men!...
More news regards fixtures/transfers can be found on a regular basis via the club's Twitter feed: @spaldingunited.