DEREK GOULDING is hopeful skipper Chris Tyson will resist overtures from high-flying Skelmersdale United to remain at Burscough.
Skem, riding high at the top of the Evo-Stik First Division North, placed seven days’ notice - the standard procedure for signing non-contracted players in non-league football – on Tyson last week.
Manager Tommy Lawson hopes to persuade the 31-year-old to move across West Lancashire in time for their trip to Ossett Town on Saturday.
Goulding, though, has spoken with his captain this week, and though Tyson remains undecided about his future, the Linnets boss is hopeful he will opt to stay at Victoria Park.
“It’s out of our hands,” said Goulding. “We’ve been straight with Chris, and it’s up to him now. Obviously we would ideally like to keep him because we think very highly of him.
“But that’s what happens when the big boys come sniffing round your best players, it is inevitable. If he stays, then that’s great for us. If not, then we will have to move on.”
Burscough enter into this weekend’s home clash with Clitheroe off the back of an empty midweek schedule - though they did play a friendly with Welsh side Connah’s Quay on Monday evening.
Saturday saw them beaten 3-1 at home by play-off hopefuls Trafford, with Goulding admitting his side’s slow start had cost them.
“We didn’t get started until the second half,” he said. “For half an hour after the break we matched them and could have got right back into the game, but you can’t do it for half an hour, you have to do it for 90 minutes, and we never did it.”