Shots assistant boss Stuart Cash believes Stafford Browne's decision to leave Aldershot Town this week was "purely money-motivated."

Browne, top goalscorer at the Rec for the past two seasons, stunned everyone at the club when deciding to reject a new offer of a contract and sign for title rivals Grays Athletic - a move which has left fans angry and slightly dispondent.

Namesake Shots boss Terry Brown offered his leading striker a much-improved offer at the end of last season, especially after his superb hat-trick performance in the Hampshire Senior Cup on May 1.

Like team-mates Lee Protheroe and Mark Bentley, Browne went away to think over the offer but has since been lured by offers of "ridiculous money" by rival clubs.

Cash said: "I'm very disappointed to be honest. It's purely money-motivated - you don't leave a club like Aldershot to play for a club like Grays.

"Stafford has done reasonably well in his two years at Aldershot and he was part of our plans. But he was offered substantial offers elsewhere and there is no way we are going to be sucked into an auction.

"People are saying that we should be able to compete with the likes of Grays, and we can. But the amount of money we were talking about, we didn't feel it worth it.

"We want players who want to play for this club, players who will play with heart, not money."

This latest deal has sent more shockwaves regurgitating around the Ryman League with the once-little Essex club now stating their intentions for the future.

Grays are the new money men of the Ryman League and clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to compete.

The Jeff King-style guru behind the string of big-money deals has real ambition for the future, including the development of a new stadium to take them into the Football League.

Browne joins two other former Shots who have made the switch from one Recreation Ground to the other in recent weeks: Owen Coll and ex-Aldershot FC striker Robbie Reinault from Braintree -to name just a few new purhcases.

Perhaps the biggest shock is that Browne also turned big money offers elsewhere to join the revolution. Canvey Island's King was said to be interested, while Havant & Waterlooville boss Liam Daish also expressed serious interest after Browne's blitzing of their defence at St Mary's.

But another team well and truly in the hunt was Billericay Town, with their first team coach George Borg happy to pick up and re-sign his former players at the Rec who are leaving by the sack full.

Borg has already picked up Mark Graham and Scott Forrester, while initial talks with Ryan Kirby and Mark Watson are ensuing.

Indeed, Forrester seems to be already enjoying life at the New Lodge and is determined to play his part in a push for the title.

The young striker is currently training with Mark McGee at Nationwide division one side Millwall in a bid to be fit and ready for the start of the new term. Meanwhile, McGee is keeping tabs.

Next season, of course, will see Graham come face-to-face for the first time with Ollie Adedeji after the pair's infamous on-the-field scrap at New Lodge last season.

Both were sacked by Aldershot for their actions, but Adedeji has since joined Chesham.