Skipper commits before boss news

Spalding United skipper Nathan Stainfield has committed his future to the Tulips by signing a new deal for the 2016-17 EVO-STIK Northern Premier League campaign.

The central defender is pictured putting pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Sir Halley Stewart Field over the weekend after rejecting a series of approaches from rival clubs last season.

The 27-year-old, named in the EVO-STIK First Division South Team of the Year in second successive seasons in April, agreed a new deal despite not knowing who'll be occupying the manager's hot-seat next term following manager Marcus Ebdon's exit after the final game of the campaign.

Former Bourne Town player Stainfield lives and works locally and joined the Tulips for the start of the 2013-14 season from Boston United where he was a member of the successful Lincolnshire Shield winning side. He ended his debut Tulips season with a bucket full of club awards after collecting the manager’s player-of-the-year, players' player-of-the-year and supporters' player-of-the-year accolades.

A Tulips spokesman said: "The fact that Stainfield has committed to the club, ahead of any new management team arriving, is a massive boost and one which will hopefully see other key members of last season's side remain. It's great to know Staino will be marshalling that tight Tulips defence for the 2016-17 campaign."

After their 12th placed finish to the last campaign, the Tulips are expected to name their new manager in the coming days after interviewing a number of candidates following Monday's deadline for potential successors to come forward.

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Sir Halley Stewart Field

Sir Halley Stewart Field

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