DISAPPOINTED Holbeach United boss John Chand has hit out at Addie Staffieri after the striker decided to quit Carter’s Park.
The pacy hitman was billed as one of the Tigers’ top summer signings, but was released ahead of last Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Hucknall Town.
Chand told the Spalding Guardian that Staffieri was unwilling to fight for his place in the starting line-up and admitted the forward’s head had been turned by UCL Premier Division rivals Peterborough Northern Star.
The Holbeach supremo insists that the sought-after goal-getter was part of his future plans, but conceded that he couldn’t risk him becoming a disruptive influence in the dressing room.
Chand said: “We invested a lot of time and effort in Addie over the summer and he arrived at the club very unfit.
“He was very much part of my plans, but I’m not interested in players that don’t want to fight for their place in the team.
“That kind of attitude could disrupt the spirit in the dressing room and I can’t have that. It didn’t help that PNS have been telling him he’d play every minute with them.”
Northern Star – who are Holbeach’s opponents at Carter’s Park on Saturday (3pm) – had asked Chand to waive the mandatory seven day approach for Staffieri, but that request has been rejected out of hand.
With the Peterborough side having already signed Giuliano Staffieri from the Tigers this month, they’ll have to wait a few weeks before being able to make an official approach.
One man who is on the move is Wes Lewis. The Tigers’ reigning players’ player of the year has returned to the club from Bedford Town and could be involved on Saturday.
Lawrence Lambley is likely to miss out with a foot problem, having sat out Wednesday’s 3-1 FA Cup loss to Hucknall Town.