Farnborough boss Spencer Day is planning another raid for former fans' favourite Dean Inman – but promises it will not turn into another summer saga.
Centre-back Inman spent a successful half-season on loan at Cherrywood Road from Hampton & Richmond Borough in the 2012-13 season, before turning down the opportunity to sign a permanent deal in order to join Hayes & Yeading as captain last summer.
But after Hayes & Yeading were relegated from Skrill South on the final day of the season, Inman publicly expressed a desire to leave and continue playing at Step 2 level.
Long-term admirer Day is in the driving seat and has already offered Inman a deal to return to Farnborough as one of his senior players next season.
But with other parties interested and the club unable to compete with many of their rivals financially, Day is not totally convinced he will get his man.
“I’ll make no secret of the fact I’ve been in contact with Dean and I’d love to bring him back next year,” Day said.
“He is, however, under contract with Hayes & Yeading for another year and we've had no response from them yet so the ball is not in our court.
“I’ve made Dean an offer but, like everything, it's all down to finances and we just can’t compete with some of these clubs.
"I do not want this, however, to be another summer drama, it will not roll on and on like last time.”
Day is hoping to start the process of building his squad next week when a number of players from last season, including Player of the Year Josh Huggins, captain Alan Inns, Ollie Treacher, Phil Page, Adam Doyle, Alfred Bosch, Darryl Siaw and Courtney Fearn, are expected to make decisions on their futures.
He said: “It’s always difficult when we have no money but we're still in negotiations with a few players and waiting on a couple of others.
“I hope to have at least five or six tied up next week.”