MANAGER Mark Grimley has hit out at higher league clubs for showing Uttoxeter Town a ‘lack of respect’.
Town switched to Saturday football with dramatic effect in 2012, winning Staffordshire Senior League’s Division One title in their first season.
The Oldfields outfit are now flying high in the Premier Division – but their success has brought unwanted attention with Town players being courted by higher league clubs.
Grimley said: “We’ve had no official approach, but I know for a fact that a couple of teams at step four level have been after one of our players.
“There’s two or three step five and a couple at step six – clubs that are bigger than us.
“We’ve had club chairmen approach our players after games.
“There’s ways and means of doing things and that’s not one of them.”
Grimley also claims that players have been approached via social media sites.
He said: “There’s just a real lack of respect shown. We know it goes on.
“We are more than aware that these things happen. But if a player says no that should be the end of it.
“Our players shouldn’t be pestered to go and play elsewhere.”
Town lost defender Jason Beardsley to Rocester before the start of the current campaign.
The Romans also put in the official seven days notice of approach for midfielder Liam Sowter .
“If teams come in with the seven days notice then that’s the right way,” said Grimley. “But that does not mean people can come in and lure out players away with offers of money.
“My players pay to play football, and enjoy playing with us. It shows their commitment when they are paying to play every week.”
Town are in League Cup action on Saturday against Alsager.
Grimley plans to use the opportunity to freshen up his squad after 11 games in the space of seven weeks.
Keeper Karl Smith could be one of a number of players to be given an opportunity to shine.
The Town boss said: “It gives us a chance to rest a few and gives others the chance to come in. But it’s a competition we fancy ourselves to do well in.”