Talented teenager Callum Earls has shocked Spalding United by leaving.
The 19-year-old left-sided player has joined Oadby Town - the team the Tulips knocked out of the FA Carlsberg Vase 12 days ago.
Earls announced the move to his followers on Twitter on Wednesday night, saying (sic): “I’d like to thanx @spaldingunited for the past 2 years experiance. Learnt a fair trade but it’s time to move on.”
He added: “And welcome myself into @OadbyTownFC where I will helping them win the league and proceed personally.”
On Thursday he tweeted that it had been a “big decision” to leave the Tulips but the travel from his home - believed to be about three miles from UCL Division One side Oadby’s ground in Leicestershire - had “got to him”.
Tulips boss Pat Rayment said the club had received a seven day notice of approach last week but he hadn’t given it too much thought. So it was a shock when he got the phone call on Wednesday to say Earls was going.
Asked whether Earls had probably caught Oadby’s eye in the 3-2 Vase win, Rayment said: “Absolutely - without a doubt.
“Callum is a very good player.
“There are still a lot of flaws in his game but I’m sorry to see him go.
“I do find the timing a strange one with us having a big Vase game next week.”
In fact it’s a big week for the Tulips with Deeping Rangers at home in the league on Tuesday (7.45pm) and that Vase match at Sutton Town Saturday, December 8.
Rayment insisted that Earls had appeared happy at the prospect at playing further forward than his usual left-back role, after the club signed Josh Freeman.
Both played in Tuesday’s 3-2 home defeat by Histon, but Rayment said Earls’ “body language” appeared to suggest all was not right.
Meanwhile, the club is trying to close a deal for Pat Bexfield, a right-footed defender/midfielder who has been released by King’s Lynn Town.