MIDDLEWICH Town manager Terry Murphy offered his congratulations to the new amateur champions of England - his former club Barnton - and then said he had no intention of following their lead.
The Barnton team under the Mid Cheshire League banner won the first ever FA Systems Cup on Saturday and have qualified for a UEFA tournament as national representatives. But their team has only a smattering of local players with many of the squad coming from the Warrington area.
Middlewich, who have already taken Barnton's MCL title off them, will stick by the locals-first recruitment policy, insists Murphy.
'Most of the managers in the league felt as I did - that the team should have been a truly representative side, not one club.
'The best players are by no means at one club and I have made my views known to the league.
'But what I think takes nothing away from Barnton's achievement. They have done magnificently.
'I need to strengthen this summer. I have already earmarked a couple of Sunday League players I have spotted and two others, but they will be local. I won't have players travelling to Middlewich from all over. There are potential problems getting everyone to training and it costs them money.
'What's more, we are a local club for local people.
'Anyway I am hoping we don't have to sign too many. It is a young squad and we should do well,' he said.
The Systems Cup is a biennial tournament so it is possible Middlewich will not be asked to emulate Barnton because they aim to be in the North West Counties League by the time the next competition comes round.
Murphy and second-team boss Steve Moore displayed the depth of talent at the club at Witton on Wednesday in the Mid Cheshire FA Amateur Cup final.
For the second year running the Reserves came close to embarrassing the first team. They led 3-1 before losing 4-3 in extra-time.
'We just did enough,' said Murphy wryly.