Worksop Town considering offer for recent Sheffield Wednesday trialist Tom Elliott after homegrown star hands in transfer request

Rainy Action from the match between Worksop Town & Handsworth at Worksop,  Worksop in Orange & Black,  Stocksbridge Red kit. NWGU 28-11-15 Worksop Town, Tom Elliott (Worksop),  V James Cottingham (6 to 9)
Rainy Action from the match between Worksop Town & Handsworth at Worksop, Worksop in Orange & Black, Stocksbridge Red kit. NWGU 28-11-15 Worksop Town, Tom Elliott (Worksop), V James Cottingham (6 to 9)
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Worksop Town will consider offers for midfield star Tom Elliott, after the youngster handed in a written transfer request.

The 20-year-old, who has already been on trial with Sheffield Wednesday this season, has recently been watched by scouts from several clubs playing at a higher level than Northern Counties East League Worksop.

His transfer request has coincided with an offer from a National League North outfit, although Tigers believe he is worth more than what has been put on the table.

And according to both the chairman and manager, Worksop will not stand in the way of the home grown talent’s aspirations.

Tigers chairman Kevin Keep told the Guardian: “Tom put in a written transfer request, to myself, and I don’t think as a club in the NCEL that we can stand in his way.

“I think Tom thoroughly deserves to play at a level that he thinks he’s capable of and I wish him well – he trains hard, plays well and gives 100 per cent.

“But he wants to move on.”

Keep revealed that the offer currently under consideration is below his personal estimation of the player’s value.

“We have a clubs interested in signing Tom, and one has made an offer that is a little bit less than I think he’s worth.

“But we haven’t ruled out that move.

First team boss Mark Shaw doesn’t want to see the player leave, but insists he’ll try and secure a move that benefits both Elliott and Worksop Town.

“It’s disappointing, when you develop a player, you want him to help you win things,” he said.

“Everyone knows Tom has major aspirations of becoming a professional footballer and we don’t want to stand in his way.

“We won’t be jumping at the first deal, it has to be a good deal for Tom and a good deal for the club.

“We don’t want him to come back because he’s gone somewhere and not been given an opportunity to progress.”

Shaw remarked after Saturday’s defeat by Handsworth that Elliott had not been performed to the absolute best of his abilities for Worksop, since his trial at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls reached an agreement with Tigers to play the Carlton-in-Lindrick man in a number of Under 21 games, and Elliott scored twice for the Hillsbrough outfit.

Although the Championship club ended their interest, the Guardian believes other clubs in the Football League have been monitoring the situation.

Elliott made a starting place in the Worksop first team his own last season, having broken through from the Under 19s in Tigers’ last season of Evo-Stik Northern Premier competition.