Kern Miller (23, pictured right) is one of TWO benchmark signings announced by the Spalding United management today. Kern will enter the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, when Pre-Season training begins, alongside Julian Kelly (24, pictured left) who returns to action following a short spell out of the game, having last suited up in the Football League for Notts County!
Miller, himself a former Football League player can count Lincoln City, Barnsley, Accrington Stanley and Hereford United among his former pro clubs; he's also enjoyed spells at Grantham Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Worksop Town.
A strapping defender, management will be delighted to see him play alongside fellow central defender Nathan Stainfield, many people's bet to hoist at least one of the annual Awards at the forthcoming SUSA Presentation Night which takes place this coming Saturday 24th May at the Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Spalding (further details below).
Julian Kelly can arguably boast an even greater pedigree than Miller, having started his footballing career as an Arsenal youngster (much like former Tulips' skipper, the recently-retired Lee Canoville). Kelly is equally comfortable playing left-back/right-back and is one of those pacy wingback-types who can lend support to the attack down either flank - seems we have a potential Dani Alves of South Holland in our midst! After leaving the Gunners, Kelly enjoyed a five-year spell with Reading (playing in the Championship) before loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City and subsequent move to Notts County.
These latest signings are superb news, especially following confirmation last week that the club will play at Step 4 in the EvoStik NPL Division 1 South in 2014/15.
The manager had been quoted in the press as saying that those who would no longer feature in Tulips' blue next season would be replaced with players of similar if not superior calibre - the news that broke today shows he is very much true to his word.
A huge Tulips "Welcome" goes out to both Kern and Julian - everyone connected with Spalding United FC looks forward to watching you ply your trade on the hallowed Sir Halley Stewart turf!...
Tickets for the Spalding United Supporters Association annual Presentation Night are still available and can be booked through Andrew GAy at the SUSA Social Club. Tickets are £20 each and include a carvery dinner, live music by the Saturday Night Specials and licensed bar till midnight. The awards are scheduled to take place for 9.45pm.
Arrival is 7.00pm for the 7.30pm dinner - please contact Andy via 07962 532943 or firstname.lastname@example.org