Friday, June 02, 2006

FC United snap up Boro target

Source: This is Lancashire
By Marc Higginson

RADCLIFFE Boro have been foiled in their chase for striker Steve Moore, after the Abbey Hey front-man decided to sign for FC United of Manchester.

Boro were hoping to add Moore to the squad in place of the now departed Steve Foster, but were beaten to the 26-goal striker's signature by the newly formed fans club.

Boro might be playing in a league two divisions higher than the Red Rebels, but the lure of playing in front of crowds touching 5,000 proved crucial.

"We are disappointed to lose out on Steve, but you can understand why he would want to go to FC United. We offered him a good financial package and showed him the facilities we have to offer, but he decided FC United was where he wanted to go," said Boro manager Andy Johnston.

"In a way, we are not on a level playing field with FC United and they are a bit like Chelsea in the Premiership. However, we are still working hard to try and bring in players and we hope to have our squad of 16/17 ready for when pre-season training starts at the beginning of July."

Another of Boro's striking targets - Jody Banim - has also moved clubs. The diminutive goal machine, who played a crucial part in saving Boro from relegation last season while on loan, has signed for Droylsden from Stalybridge.

Boro boss Johnston said: "We made no secret of the fact that we wanted Jody at the club on a permanent basis but we never put in a bid because we couldn't afford the financial package that other clubs were offering.

"We offer good wages, but cannot afford to be paying big wages and big transfer fees.

"Jody has always stayed in close contact with the club and if there is a chance to call in a favour from him, like last season, we will take that opportunity."