WES Wilkinson's on-off move to Oldham Athletic finally went through last night.
The teenage striker seemed set to achieve his Football League dream when the two clubs agreed a loan deal last week. But the proposal was blocked by FA rules which decree a Football League club cannot take a player on loan from a club below UniBond League level.
Yesterday a compromise was reached, following negotiations between Dabbers chairman Clive Jackson and Latics chief executive Alan Harvey.
'We've reached a situation which suits Wes, ourselves and Oldham,' said Jackson.
'Upon signing professional terms, we will receive a sum of money and we will also gain another sum if he plays an agreed number of first-team games. We have also agreed a 20% sell-on clause and a lucrative pre-season friendly against a strong Oldham team.' Nantwich have moved quickly to strengthen their attack with the signing of former Crewe Alex Academy player Matt Blake.
Meanwhile, manager Nigel Gleg-horn is delighted at the Football Foundation's grant of almost £1m toward the club's ground at Kingsley Fields.
'It's brilliant news for everyone connected with the club and the community. These are exciting times for Nantwich Town,' he said.
'We should be able to attract better players to the club and there should be more revenue through bar takings from the function room.
'Having said that, I don't think we need too many players as I think we have a very good squad in place already, but we have under-achieved this season.'
Gleghorn knows his squad still have a chance of being promoted to the revamped UniBond League next season and will be doing all he can to make sure it becomes a reality.
He said: 'I am targeting an improvement on last season's points tally. We have 12 games left and if we can win eight we will have 70 points, and that should be enough to finish in the top six.'
The Dabbers' Friday night date at Newcastle Town was called off because of a frozen pitch, as was Alsager Town's game at Ramsbottom United on Saturday.
This Saturday Nantwich entertain Ramsbottom and Alsager make the trip to Trafford.