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Stamford AFC striker Jack Duffy has rejected the chance to join Northern Premier League Midlands Division leaders Ilkeston Town

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Manager Graham Drury feels retaining the services of in-demand top scorer Jack Duffy is a major coup for the Daniels.

Duffy had already rejected offers to join National League North side Kettering Town and Northern Premier Division outfit Basford when Midlands Division leaders Ilkeston Town submitted a seven-day approach.

However, Duffy - who took his goal haul for the season to 12 with a brace in the 4-0 victory over Corby Town on New Year's Day - has rejected the Robins' advances.

Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien.
Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien.

Drury commented: "I am over the moon that Jack will be stopping with us.

"For Jack to agree that this is the best place for himself and to turn down a massive offer from Ilkeston plus also turning down clubs like Kettering and Basford is a big coup for our club.

"Jack knows that Stamford run the club as professional as possible and we support our players on and off the pitch the best we can.

"I have grown so fond of Jack, not only as a player but even more so as a person.

"He found it hard work to get in the side at first but his hard work on the pitch and away from football is all credit to himself and now he is our top goalscorer and really enjoying his football.

"Loyalty means everything to me as a manager and, with the likes of Rob Morgan, Cosmos Matwasa and Tendai Chitiza all turning down moves, it shows we are doing the right things by the players.

"I have a special bunch of lads which makes my job enjoyable so a big thank you to them all."

Stamford are back in Northern Premier League Midlands Division action this weekend when they host Sporting Khalsa at the Zeeco Stadium.

The 4-0 win at Corby on Saturday moved the Daniels back into the play-off places with Drury hoping that his side can cement their spot in the top five.

Jack Duffy celebrates his goal brace against Corby. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Jack Duffy celebrates his goal brace against Corby. Photo: Rob O'Brien

He added: "We have to now go on another run.

"We have to start new memories because the old and past is gone and we need to keep on the coat-tails of the sides above us and make sure we stay in there.

"It's been through no fault of our own that we've slipped out of the play-off spots at times because every time we've got in there then there's been a midweek games which teams have won to knock us out of it again.

"We can't control that, but it has been a really frustrating first part of the season because of the injuries we've had and not being able to stay in the play-off places due to having to play catch-up on other teams.

"Every time we have caught up then they've played again but we know it's a tough league and we just have to make sure we get in there to give us a fighting chance come April and then we can see how far that takes us."

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