DEREK GOULDING insists Burscough must put their disappointment to one side and focus on Garforth Town after top scorer Will Jones left for Marine.
The Greens’ leading marksman put pen to paper on a deal with the Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit late on Tuesday and is set to make his debut in their game at Kendal Town this weekend.
Jones, 22, has struck 12 times in 14 games this season to make him one of the hottest properties in the First Division North and though Goulding accepted offers would be made, he was determined to keep hold of the former South Sefton Borough man.
A non-contracted player, Jones leaves Victoria Park on a free transfer but Goulding says the Linnets must move on.
“We are really disappointed to lose him,” said Goulding.
“He has had a big impact since he came back to us this season and so we are disappointed to lose him but such is the difference between those who have and those who have not.”
But Goulding was keen to stress Jones’ decision to leave was based more on the opportunity to play at a higher level.
“This is not solely a move based on money,” he said.
“Players want to play at the best level they possibly can and they want to play on better pitches and at clubs with better facilities.
“It is a good move for Will and we wish him all the best.
“Hopefully he will make an impression at Marine. His confidence is really high at the minute after scoring 12 times in 14 games.
“It is sickening for us to lose him but that is just the way it is and we have to get on with it.”
Goulding says Jones’ departure presents an opportunity to fill the void though he has not ruled out looking to bring in a fresh face.
“I am always confident of being able to find more players like Will,” said Goulding.
“There are loads of good players out there because we are recruiting players from all sorts of areas.
“I feel confident we can unearth a player few people know about.”