Holbeach United boss John Chand has paid tribute to popular hitman Sam Mulready after failing to secure his services on a permanent basis.
Mulready smashed seven goals in eight starts for the Tigers during his two-month loan at Carter’s Park, helping fire the side up to second in the UCL Premier Division.
Chand had hoped to take the striker on a season-long deal from parent club Gainsborough Trinity, but admitted the move was “financially impossible”.
Under league rules, teams can only loan players for up to three months (or an entire season), which means Mulready could return to Carter’s Park for another 30 days at some stage later in the campaign.
“We’d welcome him back with open arms,” said Chand. “I tried to get him for the rest of the season, but he’s on a contract at Gainsborough and it became financially impossible.
“Sam’s been great for us and I know he enjoyed it here too. I’m not sure we’ll look to bring anybody else in, we’ve got three great strikers already and plenty of cover everywhere else.”
Without Mulready, Holbeach make the trip to Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday (3pm), as they bid to keep the pressure on league leaders St Ives Town.
The Leicestershire outfit, who sit ninth in the standings, were relegated last year – making them a bit of an unknown quantity for the Tigers.
Chand added: “It’s another potentially tough away game that we could tick off should we win. With Blackstones and Harborough to come, there’s the chance we could put another winning run together if we get through Saturday’s game.”
Midfielder Rob Hughes and defender Jack Smith return to the squad, with Michael Emery again poised to deputise for the injured Lee Overton in goal.