Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes striker Tom Kilifin would be making a ‘backwards step’ if he joined rivals Kendal Town.
Kilifin was City’s top scorer last term but has refused to play for Peacock’s side as he tries to force a move to City’s NPL First Division North rivals Kendal.
Kendal boss Michael Stringfellow put in a seven-day notice of an approach but Peacock believes the striker would be making a mistake if he joined the Mintcakes.
Peacock said: “Kendal put seven days in on him the day before the Droylsden game.
“But he is a contracted player – one of two we have – and that’s the situation.
“If they want to put an offer in for him they can do. The ball is in their court.
“But we’ve heard nothing since then. He’s told me he wants to go to Kendal and doesn’t feel he’s in the right frame of mind to play for Lancaster City.
“We want him to stay. He knows how I feel.
“He has the potential to play at a higher level but I think it is a sideways, maybe even a backwards, step.”
The stand-off means Peacock is keener than ever to bring in new recruits with the Dolly Blues heading to league leaders Darlington tomorrow.
Defender Adam Freeland has arrived from Clitheroe but the Peacock’s work is far from done in the transfer market.
He said: “We want more competition.
“I’ve put some feelers out about some potential new players and we’ll have to see what happens.”
City head to the North East this weekend on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Giant Axe against Salford City, a game watched by one of the club’s owners, former Manchester United and England great Paul Scholes.
It was a rare game where the hosts struggled to create chances, despite playing against 10 men for 50 minutes after Danny Webber’s red card.
Peacock said: “It was a disappointing second half especially.
“At half-time we thought we had a good chance and it’s not like us to not create chances.”
The City boss knows it will have to be a different story at Darlington but is confident of a repeat performance of last year’s game, when the Blues ran out 2-0 winners in the North East.
He said: “They’ve only conceded 10 goals all season.
“We’ve got to get back to creating chances. We can’t be down, I’m really looking forward to it and hoping the lads rise to the occasion. We’ve only got to look at last season.”
Elsewhere in the NPL First Division North, Kilifin’s suitors Kendal Town host Farsley, Clitheroe host Mossley, while Burscough travel to face Salford City.