Spalding United and striker Bradley Barraclough have parted company.
Whilst strike partner Bradley Wells has grabbed most of the goals and the headlines in 2016/17, Barraclough struggled to regain the prolific form he enjoyed last season at Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division side Buxton FC, following a serious foot injury in pre-season.
Though he’s featured in most of the Tulips games since December, problems with the foot resurfaced last week and, rather than sit out his contract as he was fully entitled to do, the affable/noble ‘Barra’ has agreed to the club terminating his contract whilst club & player remain on the best of terms.
Even with the recent arrival of forward Leon Mettam from King’s Lynn Town, Barraclough was still very much in manager Dave Frecklington’s plans – last week he came on as sub in the NPL Integro League Cup tie at AFC Rushden & Diamonds (he was so nearly the man who put the Tulips into the Quarter-Finals; only a fine save by Ben Heath denying him as full-time loomed) and was in the squad for the match at Leek Town, scheduled for last Saturday 4th February (subsequently postponed).
The foot injury certainly blighted Barra’s time with the Tulips. He was one of the first signings of Dave Frecklington’s bright new era and was a player the manager had coveted for some years.
Source: Spalding United