Martin Field is never afraid to voice an opinion and right now the Eynesbury Rovers boss cannot bite his lip regarding the vast sums of money rumouredly on offer for players in the United Counties League Premier Division.
They certainly don’t splash the cash down at Hall Road, but this is no case of envy from the Eynesbury chief. He could not be happier with the group of players at his disposal – a bunch combining experience and plenty of potential.
“There are ridiculous sums of money in this league and it winds me up,” stated Field. “It is a Step 5 league with Step 3 money in some cases.
“It’s fine if a club genuinely wants to progress, but there are mid-table sides in this league going nowhere yet throwing big money around.
“There is absolutely no logic to it and I would turn down a big budget if I was offered one.
“I don’t want to bring players in who just play for money. I want players to be here because they want to play for Eynesbury Rovers.”
Rovers have seen the scorers of 40 goals last term depart. Jordan Nicholson, who hit 26 of them, has stepped up with Histon while Alex Marsh, who created plenty of goals as well as hitting 14 of his own, has gone to university.
But Shane Fox has returned and will form a dangerous attacking partnership with Lee Bassett – a man who can be relied upon for more than 20 goals a season.
Former Godmanchester Rovers midfielder Matt Bannister is another of Field’s summer signings along with Ben Colmer, who has returned from a spell at Huntingdon Town.
Field added: “I’m happy with how last season went. We finished safely in mid-table in our first year back in the Premier Division.
“Now we need to continue moving in the right direction in the league and I’d like a cup run to bring some much into the club.
“It would also be good to challenge in the local cups and I think we have the players to do those things.
“We have made some good additions including a top-quality goalkeeper in Lea Jordan. That was a priority for me this summer.
“We have lost a lot of goals and we need to make sure we have more players chipping in.
“I’ve told my midfielders they don’t score enough and they need to address it.”