BROMSGROVE Sporting have been boosted by the news talented midfielder Nathan Walker is to remain at the club after he rejected a move to join Halesowen Town.
The 26-year-old, who joined Sporting in December last year, has impressed during pre-season and was heavily involved in the Rouslers’ 2-1 victory over the Evo-Stik Northern Premier outfit on Tuesday night.
Following the win, Halesowen put in seven days for Walker, which was waived by Sporting boss Paul Smith allowing the club to speak to the player.
However, Walker turned down the move and will remain at the Victoria Ground because he feels everything is in place for Sporting to secure promotion this season.
“It’s flattering to have received an offer from a side higher up the pyramid but I had no intention of leaving Bromsgrove,” he said.
“Smudge [Smith], Adam [Cunningham] and Brendan [Kelly] have worked hard over the summer and you can see that from the results in pre-season, the players which have been brought in but also the fact the core of last season’s squad has been kept.
“I’ve just had a baby girl with my partner too and to move to Halesowen would mean I’m out all day Saturdays and with plenty of midweek travelling I would not get to spend any time with my family.
“Over the last few years Bromsgrove have not been too far away from promotion and this year we should be going one better.”
Smith added: “I wasn’t very happy with Halesowen approaching one of my players four days before the start of the season and off the back of one performance.
“It’s a little bit disrespectful and a case of big club bullying a smaller club and I’ve let those feelings known.
“I waived the seven days so it got sorted quicker but Nathan is fully committed to Bromsgrove which is great news and we’ve now drawn a line under the whole situation.
“I am pleased Nathan is staying and he’s going to play a big part this season.”