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Ambitious Southern League Premier Division club St Neots Town have announced the signing of midfielder Matthew Spring.

The 34-year-old was released by Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season and will bring valuable experience and guile to the Saints midfiled and has already put in a string of accomplished displays during pre-season friendlies.

Spring started his career at Luton Town where he went onto make 289 appearances, scoring 30 goals.

Despite missing the last three months of the 2003/04 season through injury, Spring was signed by newly-appointed Leeds United manager Kevin Blackwell on a Bosman transfer.

Spring’s first season in the Championship was an unhappy one, with a combination of injuries and personal problems restricting him to just 15 appearances and one goal against Ipswich Town.

As the 2005/06 season commenced Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd, who had worked with Spring when he was first-team coach at Leeds, brought the midfielder to Vicarage Road to be part of his re-shaped side.

He scored on his debut, and as Boothroyd’s side flew high in the division, Spring, a regular in the side, scored 7 further goals from central midfield by January.

However, he did not score again until Watford reached the play-offs in May, when he scored the third goal in the 3–0 victory against Crystal Palace in the first leg of the semi-final.

Spring’s chances were limited in Watford’s Premiership campaign, making only two starts all season.

In January 2007 Spring re-joined Luton for a fee of £200,000 (rising to £300,000).

But in July 2008, he joined Sheffield United on a year-long loan deal, signalling the end of a disappointing second stint with the Hatters.

Injuries initially hampered his time at Bramall Lane but by October he began to feature regularly for the first-team.

Spring’s loan deal with the Blades was cut short and he was released at the start of January to seek a permanent move elsewhere following his lack of first team opportunities.

And in January 2009 he joined Charlton Athletic on an eighteen-month contract.

Charlton decided against re-newing Spring’s contract for the 2010/11 season.

In June 2010, he signed a two-year contract with Leyton Orient and went on to make 95 appearances over two seasons but was not offered a new contract and in July 2012, it was announced that Spring had signed a two-year deal with Wycombe.

He arrived as one of five new signings after a transfer embargo was lifted from the club, but was among a number of players released at the end of the 2013/14 season having fallen out of favour with Gareth Ainsworth.

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