Gaby Zakuani. Photo by MARK GOODALE

‘Exciting’ young duo are the latest to sign with Zakuani’s Spalding United

Spalding United have continued their summer recruitment drive by adding two talented youngsters to their squad.

Bailey Baker and Tom Mucklin have both agreed deals to move to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field for the upcoming campaign in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Baker is a scholar at Peterborough United and was a part of the St Ives Town squad in the Southern League Premier Division last term.

Mucklin, meanwhile, has featured for the English Universities Sport national team while a sports scholar at the University of Bedfordshire.

Tulips boss Gabriel Zakuani, who recently made waves by landing Marcus Maddison, is pleased with his latest recruits.

He said: “These are two young and exciting new players that I am looking forward to working with and seeing them develop with us throughout the season.

“It’s great to keep adding to this talented squad.”

Baker admitted that a talk with Zakuani, who is a legendary figure at Peterborough United, helped sell the club to him.

He said: “I am looking forward to signing with Spalding as a young player.

“After speaking with Gaby, the vision is clear for the season and I am looking forward to playing my part for this club.”

Mucklin, who also featured for King’s Lynn Town Reserves last season in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One North, felt the chance to join the Tulips was too good to miss.

He said: “When the opportunity came up to sign for Spalding I could not turn it down.

“The club is heading in the right direction and hopefully I will play a big part in the quest for promotion this season.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and meeting all the lads.

“Big thank you to Bruno, Gaby and Simmo (Kings Lynn manager) for this opportunity.”

The duo will join up with the Tulips for pre-season, which currently includes games against Skegness Town (July 10), Boston Town (July 17) and Harrowby United (July 27).

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