BROMSGROVE Sporting’s pre-season preparations have been dealt a double blow after Midland Football League Division One rivals Lichfield City snapped up Danny Morris and Jack Wilson.
The Rouslers were hopeful of keeping hold of the duo, who played a key role in their promotion push and their successful run in the Les James Challenge Cup last season.
But manager Paul Smith told The Standard the pair had been lured away from the Victoria Ground by ‘tremendous offers’ which he admitted were too good to turn down.
“They were offers which were well above anything we could come close to, so good luck to them,” Smith said.
“It is frustrating, but sometimes you can’t do anything about it. If Lichfield are looking to throw a lot of money at it this year then fair play to them.
“Unfortunately some lads require money and in Daniel’s and Jack’s case they need the money and I fully understand where they are coming from.”
The news also follows the departure of Chris Duggan who took to the club’s website last week to announce he would not be extending his stay at Sporting.
“After a few weeks of thought I think it would be best to part ways with the club following last season,” he said.
“I wanted to say a big thank you for backing myself and all the lads through the last two seasons that I’ve been involved in.
“Your support is massive and means a lot to all the lads. Keep supporting the lads and I know for sure you will be climbing the leagues to where you should be.”
Despite losing the trio, Smith said he was confident of replacing them ahead of the new season having invited a dozen new players to train with Bromsgrove over the summer.
“At this time in the season it is always hard because when you have got a good squad like we have managers will be looking to try and sign them,” Smith added.
“I invited 12 new lads who I have been watching over the last 12 months, to train with us, so I have already got players in place to replace those who have left.
“Hopefully I can get them to sign their forms over the coming week.
“So as much as it is disappointing to lose the likes of Jack, Dan and Chris it offers opportunities to others and I am sure they will be looking to give it their best shot.”