Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw has hit out, claiming that ‘outside influences’ have unsettled one of his players who now wants to leave the club.
The Tigers manager revealed that the club had endured a turbulent few days, after one of their young stars said he wished to accept an offer from a club at a higher level, brought to him by a third party.
The Worksop Guardian spoke to the club in question and they strenuously deny making any kind of offer to a third party, and there’s no suggestion the club have spoken to the player himself.
Shaw opted not to name any of the parties involved, but insisted a deal would have to be struck, one that benefited Worksop Town Football Club, if the player really wanted to leave.
“We’ve had a bit of a turbulent two days after outside influences have unsettled one of our players, who now wants to leave the club,” he said.
“It’s very disappointing when we’re trying to run our club the right way, to the best of our ability.”
Shaw hopes his player will remain at Sandy Lane, but insists he won’t stand in the way of anyone wanting to leave for pastures new.
“Hopefully the player will realise he’s at the right club.”
“We’re a good club, a good set up, we appreciate the player and I believe that’s the best way to further his career.”
“But if he wants to leave, I’m not the kind of manager to stand in his way.”
“The club will have to come to us with a deal.”
“We’re a business and we’re going to look at this from our point of view, we’re not just here to provide other clubs with players when they need them.”
“We want to be successful as well.”
“If he wants to move it’s probably going to happen, but a deal has to be done.”
In better news for Tigers fans, Shaw has revealed that one of their favourites from last season’s Evo-Stik Northern Premier League play-off semi-final qualifiers is to return.
He said: “We’re bringing back a fan favourite, in what I think is a massive signing for us.”
“The player is exciting, I’ve known him for a long time and he was here last year.”
“This is a big capture for the club, and he was a real fan favourite.”
The player is due to sign on the dotted line on Thursday night at the club’s training session, and Shaw hopes he can make an immediate impact at Barton Town Old Boys on Saturday.
“He’ll be available for Saturday, he’s exactly what we need.”
The returnee may not be alone in joining the Worksop Town squad this weekend, with Shaw eyeing up another addition.
“There might be another player coming in over the next few days or so.”
“He hasn’t played for the club before.”
Shaw takes his Worksop Town squad to North Lincolnshire on Saturday, weather permitting, for their first taste of action since last Tuesday’s League Cup exit at Lincoln Moorlands Railway.