Lancaster City manager Phil Brown has shrugged off the disappointment of losing striker Aaron Taylor.
The centre forward left Giant Axe this week and joined near neighbours Kendal Town.
There had been much speculation surrounding Taylor’s future in recent weeks after a number of clubs had expressed an interest in him.
It appeared the 25-year-old, who lists Bamber Bridge as one of his ex-clubs, was set to stay with City after being offered an improved deal.
But the lure of joining former club Kendal and working under ex-Dolly Blues defender and manager Michael Stringfellow was too much to refuse. Brown has moved swiftly to replace Taylor by recruiting youngster Terry Cummings, who ironically arrives from Parkside Road.
“It’s been well documented there have been clubs interested in Aaron,” Brown said.
“We did make him an improved offer, but for reasons only Aaron knows, he has decided to leave and go to Kendal.
“It was his decision. We wanted him to stay at the club and he did provisionally accept our offer, but Kendal came in and he felt that he wanted to speak to them.
“We wish him all the best and thank him for his contribution.”
Although, Cummings arrives in the opposite direction, Brown was at pains to stress that his arrival was not a straight swap deal between the clubs.
“There was no exchange discussion. It just so happened that Michael Stringfellow put seven days on Aaron at the same time as I put seven days on Terry.
Cummings is a player well known to Brown having attended Myerscough College, where the Dolly Blues boss works as head of football.
It was Brown who ironically recommended the young striker to Kendal after he had scored a number of goals for North West Counties outfit Squires Gate.
“Terry is somebody I have worked with over the past few years.
“I am really glad to be able to bring him to Lancaster and that he’s going to be part of our set-up.
“He’s young, mobile and athletic and fits the profile for the type of player I want to bring to the club.”
Cummings was set to go straight into the squad for last night’s trip to NPL First Division North high-flyers Northwich Victoria.
Last Saturday, City thrashed Prescot Cables 5-0 at Giant Axe and entertain Burscough on Saturday.
“It was pleasing on Saturday – not just the result, but the performance as well. We won 5-0 and deservedly so.
“Burscough have won a lot of games this season. It should be a very entertaining game.”