Boss Paul Holland says he has ‘no hard feelings’ towards Liam Hearn after he departed Ilkeston FC one day before the new season gets underway.
The much-travelled striker, who joined The Robins as player-coach in the summer, has joined former club Alfreton Town after the lure of playing higher level football proved too good to turn down.
But Holland says he has no grudges and did not want to stand in Hearn’s way.
“It came as a bit of a shock when it all came up,” he said. “Liam Hearn came in as a coach and a player, but something has come up where he can play football at a higher level.
“I did not want someone at the club who was not going to be fully happy and I did not want to hold him back. I am disappointed, but I did not want to stand in his way. We have shaken hands and said all the best.”
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Holland is now turning his attention to filling the gap left, “A fit Liam Hearn would have been a great asset to the club,” he added. “I have got a few irons in the fire, which is pleasing and there will be more signings to follow.
“The last few days have been a challenge, but it is just a part of non-league football.”