SHOTS boss Terry Brown has issued a ‘hands-off' warning to clubs wanting to poach promising goalkeeper Nikki Bull, while slamming rumours of his imminent departure as "absolute rubbish."
The rumour mill has done the rounds again this week with the Player of the Year Bull a natural subject following a series of high-class performances this season.
At first it was suggested that Bull would swap places with Dagenham & Redbridge's former Welsh international keeper Tony Roberts this summer - a deal which wasn't necessarily going to hinge on Dagenham's Play-Off destiny.
Then fans were led to believe that Bull and skipper duo Paul Buckle and Jason Cousins would continue playing in Canada over the summer months, even if it meant jeopardising their forthcoming seasons.
But both stories have been slammed by Brown, who is letting the dust of a championship-winning season settle before talking to his current squad about their futures.
The boss said: "The rumours about Nikki are absolute rubbish. Nikki is contracted by the club and I expect him to honour that contract.
"The rumours about the boys going to Canada are not true either because they would have to get signed off their contract here first in order for that to happen. All three of them are geared towards next season and they are not likely to sign off I wouldn't have thought.
"And the thing with Bully and Dagenham is rubbish also. Why would I get rid of a 21-year-old goalkeeper for a more expensive 32-year-old? I wouldn't would I?"
Meetings with each of his players are expected to start this week with Brown rumoured to be releasing four or five of his current squad to make way for new blood.
But with mail piling up on his desk from released Football League players all the time, Brown is naturally in no rush to proceed.