Aaron Webster, manager of Evo-Stik League South club Belper Town, decided to refrain from strengthening his squad ahead of the deadline.
Speaking exclusively to the club`s official Pitchero website, Webster re-affirmed his belief in the current crop of players by saying: “I decided not to sign anybody. I thought it would be best to stay with the current playing squad. I feel the last few games they have earned the right to see the season through.”
When discussing player exits, Webster said: “Nobody has left the club bar Eric Graves. Gresley wanted him but I’m going to help them out. They hate me because of my Burton Albion links of course, so I’ll never be a helping hand to them!
“My good friend Ryan Austin is Kidsgrove Athletic manager and he was in dire need of new players, so I wasn’t in a position to be ruthless to Eric and stop him from playing football and earning a bit of cash, so I helped arrange a deal for him to go there. He’s still a player I want to see though so pre-season you never know.”
The Belper boss also provided some updates on some familiar faces that have been missing from the Marston’s Stadium in recent weeks.
“Will Dennis is still signed to us but has gone out to get some game time and sharpness after a knee injury kept him out for a couple months.
“Fenwick Butcher’s dad has been very ill and now unfortunately passed away has prevented him from being available and I fully understand. Family is priority over anything, so he has however long off he wants to recover, grieve, take care of his family etc.
“Alex Steadman was unfortunately in a car crash last week on the way to the meeting point before the Spalding United game. He has a few bumps and bruises but hopefully he’s ok to resume training again this week.
“Leandro Browne has a toe injury at the minute. He’s been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks. I decided to rest him against Romulus hopefully a few days rest and an appointment with a chiropodist will see him ok for the return match against Romulus on Saturday.
“John Guy is back on solid foods now so hopefully he’ll be able to do some non-contact work in the next two weeks and hopefully see him again before the end of the season”.