Tom Elliott proved his ability in Worksop Town’s 4-0 victory over Athersley Recreation, says boss Mark Shaw.
The wantaway star, who along with his team-mates has suffered a dip in form of late, returned to his effervescent best on Saturday afternoon.
Elliott chased, harried and successfully tackled most of the opposition players, and drove Tigers forward through the middle of the park.
It was as dominant a display as he’s given this season, and took place in front of at least one scout from a higher league club.
Shaw was delighted to see it, and believes Elliott will play at a higher level sooner or later.
“I had a chat with Tom at training. We all know he’s a good player, he’s got clubs interested in him, he’s been at Wednesday, and professional clubs have been having a look – but we know his performances haven’t been good.
“I told Tom that if he wants to play higher and wants to elevate his career he’s got to put the performances in that have got him to this point in the first place.
“And he proved what a good player he is, today.”
The Guardian believes another non-league club joined the chase for the Carlton-in-Lindrick youngster this week.
But Shaw maintains his ideal is for Elliott to leave Sandy Lane once a league title is won.
“If he goes soon, he goes soon. But if he doesn’t he’s one of those players who could help us win the league.
“He loves the club, and every young lad dreams of playing higher, but I said he’s got to put the performances in that warrant interest.
“At the end of the season he’ll probably get to pick his choice of club. I would like him to do that after Worksop have been promoted.”
And if another club is to convince Worksop to sell their home grown asset, they’ll have to meet the Tigers’ valuation.
“There’s always interest, it’s every week we get interest,” said Shaw.
“People watch social media around Worksop Town and they want a piece of it, they maybe think they can get him on the cheap.
“If someone wants him they’ve got to come and pay good money for him.”