Boston Town manager Mark Angel has described some of the wage demands being thrown about by potential targets as ‘baffling’.
However, the new boss believes he is putting together a squad which will play for the shirt, rather than their bank balance.
The Poachers reported back for pre-season training last week, and Angel has been impresed with what he has seen so far.
But the same can’t be said for the demands of a few players he has made approaches to.
“I’ve spoken to two or three players, but the money they’re asking for is ridiculous,” he said. “I find the financial demands of some players at this level baffling, it’s like they’re not in the real world.
“I’ve been at non-league clubs where players arrive from all over just to make a bit of money.
“I don’t think that’s the right way to do things.”
Angel is working with a core of Boston-based players ahead of the upcoming UCL Premier campaign.
And he thinks local pride can trump mercenary wages an day.
He added: “A lot of our lads are from the area and they’ll run through brick walls for this club.
“They’re the sort of players we want.
“When I’ve spoken to these players they’re just talking about the season and looking forward to playing football, the last thing they ask me about is money.”
A mixture of signings and Poachers hopefuls have reported to the DWB Stadium for pre-season training, and more are expected in the coming weeks.
One of Angel’s first messages to his players was his vision for the part-timers to act like professionals, something he believes will give the club an advantage in the UCL Premier.
“I’ve had a chat with the boys and told them I want us to act and train professionally,” he said.
“I know they have working lives as well, and that is important to them, but I want everything to be run professionally.
“I’m a strong believer that joining a club should be a commitment, in your training, attitude and everything.”
One example the new boss is using to get his message across is Daryl Clare, the former Grimsby Town, Boston United and Chester striker, who will act as his player-assistant.
“We’ve got a very talented group of players. I’m surprised some of them aren’t playing at higher levels,” Angel continued.
“It’s a good mixture, we’ve got some good young players and some seasoned pros.
“I’ve been watching Daryl in training and he still has that will to win, even in a game of five-a-side.
“It’s a pleasure just to watch him training.”