WORKSOP Town have sold striker Ben Tomlinson to League Two side Macclesfield Town for an undisclosed five-figure fee.
Tomlinson notched 29 goals last season, to add to the 17 he scored in the previous two seasons after coming through the Under 19 set-up at the club.
The 21-year-old from Dinnington was watched by a number of professional clubs last season, and Tigers boss Martin McIntosh said he didn’t want to stand between the striker and a potential move into the professional game.
He told the Guardian: “I wanted to give Ben the opportunity we always promised we would.”
“I think he can make it, if he goes full-time and he’s working with Gary Simpson every day.”
“Just playing in a better league will help him step up.”
McIntosh has signed strikers Adam Muller and Danny Davidson this summer, and said he would not be rushed into replacing Tomlinson.
“I’ll take my time. I may bring in another striker. Ben will be very, very difficult to replace, there’s not many like him around.”
For more reaction to the story, see tomorrow’s Worksop Guardian.