Glen Maddison has paid tribute to leading scorer Tom Waumsley after the striker turned down a move to UCL Premier Division rivals Yaxley.
The Cuckoos gave Tigers boss Maddison a nightmare before Christmas when they slapped in a seven-day notice of approach for the 16-goal striker last week.
But the ex-Deeping Rangers and Bourne Town hitman has pledged his allegiance to the Holbeach cause – leaving his boss chuffed.
“I was only saying the other week that I was surprised nobody had come in for Tom,” said Maddison. “Then, two days later, (Yaxley boss) Brett Whaley was on the phone.
“Thankfully, he’s happy here and has decided to stay. It’s a massive boost for us.
“Tom has a great attitude and his work-rate is second to none. But he’s now added goals to his game and has done very well for us.”
Having seen festive games at Wisbech Town and Deeping Rangers postponed, Waumsley and his Tigers team-mates should be full of energy ahead of Saturday’s trip to Kempston Rovers (3pm).
The Walnut Boys are just a point behind Maddison’s men having played two games more. They lost 3-0 in the Carter’s Park reverse – with Waumsley scoring twice – but are a different proposition under new bosses Jimmy Stoyles and Gary Flinn.
Maddison added: “The lads are chomping at the bit, we really hope the game is on.
“Kempston are one of those sides that are in a little mid-table mini-league. After the top five, it’s very congested.
“They’ve really picked up since they changed manager, but it’s a game we have every chance of winning.”
Nick Bishop is Holbeach’s only injury absentee.