South Shields manager Jon King has moved to defuse any tension with Jarrow Roofing counterpart Richie McLoughlin after criticism of the club’s transfer policy.
Following the move of Danny Carson from Roofing to Shields earlier this week, McLoughlin suggested there may be a ‘strategy’ for the Mariners to rise at his club’s expense.
Carson’s switch between the clubs followed the same move made by Lewis Teasdale in early October, while Wayne Phillips – then a free agent after his Roofing deal ended – joined Shields in the summer.
However, King – whose side host Alnwick Town tomorrow afternoon – has spoken of his admiration for the way McLoughlin has built Roofing as a club.
He said: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Richie McLoughlin. I’ve known him for a long time, we have helped each other out with players in the past and have gained and lost a lot of players to each other.
“He’s obviously going to be disappointed to have lost Lewis and now Danny, and I can understand that, so I’m not going to criticise his comments.
“I couldn’t have more respect for everything he has done at Jarrow Roofing. He has built the club himself and put a lot of time and money into it.
“He is obviously upset about Danny and Lewis leaving. I want the best for South Shields and he wants the best for Jarrow Roofing.”
McLoughlin also said that Roofing had been forced to “fend off approaches” for a “high volume” of his squad during the season so far. He also guessed that Shields had made over 100 approaches for players this season.
King responded: “During the summer, we looked at many players as we built our squad, including some of the players who had been at Roofing last season, and hadn’t yet signed on for the coming season. Since the season has started, we have only made eight seven-day approaches: six in the Northern League and two in the Evo-Stik League.
“As with any ambitious club, we have players on our radar, and bring in those we feel will improve our squad.
“Most of the players we have signed were free agents in the summer. Every player we have brought in during the season, we have done in the right way. For non-contracted players, we put a seven-day approach in and do nothing against the rules.
“I wish Jarrow Roofing and Richie all the best for the rest of the season and beyond.”