The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 22nd June 2012
.....new striker with money paid by npower League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town in compensation for striker Alex Titchiner.
The club confirmed at a fans` forum that it had reached an agreement with the Football League newcomers following the striker’s move to Highbury last month.
“That money will be invested in the team, specifically to attract somebody who we feel will be an exciting replacement for Alex.” said vice chairman Mark Harris.
“The figure we have agreed with Fleetwood is a higher one than we would have received from a tribunal, but significantly less than what we would have demanded for a transfer fee. “But that’s entirely normal in this type of situation.”
Titchiner, who turned 21 last week, scored thirty-nine goals for Witton last season to help the club win promotion, via the play-offs, back to the NPL`s top tier.
However, the former Crewe junior joined Fleetwood on a free transfer after his contract at Wincham Park expired.
“I don’t think anybody can say he owes us anything,” said Pritchard.
“He had the courtesy to call a meeting to tell me face-to-face what he planned to do, which is something I respect and is an indication of the type of person he is.”
The Witton manager told fans that the team had scored more than seventy goals last term even without Titchiner’s contribution.
Front men Chris Gahgan, Liam Newman and Ashley Stott – as well as assistant-manager Mike Moseley – will report back for pre-season training next week.
Pritchard, who counts attacking midfielder Joe Shaw as his solitary new recruit to date this summer, says he hopes to add others.
“I’ve spoken to close to forty players since the end of last season,” he said.
“It’s a crazy time of year; there are players who want to wait before making a decision, while others seem to think there is more money to be earned at this level than is reality.
“We’re working flat out though and, if there’s a player out there who we feel can improve upon what we have , then we’ll do our best to sign him.”
He said that, Titchiner aside, every member of last season’s squad has been invited to return for next term.