Reid blasts Brid Salt bid

Pikes striker Liam Salt is being chased by Brid
Pikes striker Liam Salt is being chased by Brid

PICKERING Town boss Jimmy Reid has been left fuming by a tapping-up saga with NCEL Premier rivals Bridlington Town.

The latest act of this drama sees a clash between the two clubs over Pikes top-scorer Liam Salt.

According to Reid, Salt has already been approached by Brid, despite the fact that they haven’t put the required seven-day notice in for the player.

This has left 23-goal striker Salt checking his transfer options over a possible move to Queensgate.

This follows on from previous wrangles over Pickering Town players Lewis Taylor and Eddie Cass.

Reid fumed: “I understand that other clubs are interested in our players, but you have to be honest about it.

“I know what goes on, but there is a way that we are all supposed to act as managers.

“This doesn’t involve texting the player before you have even put the seven days in for him.

“Liam is now sitting there with an offer on the table and our club hasn’t even been approached by Bridlington.

“He has a decision to make, we have told him that we don’t want him to go, and that is that.

“It isn’t the first time we have had this problem with Bridlington.

“There was the Eddie Cass situation at the start of the season and they also tried to tap up Lewis before he turned them down.

“Fortunately with some players it isn’t about money, as Lewis showed and Ged Dalton showed when he turned Scarborough Athletic down.

“These are all clubs with bigger budgets, but the thing that annoys me is the fact that they are not open and honest about it.”

Taylor, 18, has now been at the club since the age of 16, give or take a short spell at Queensgate.

He was first brought into the side by current Brid boss Mitch Cook during his time as Pickering manager, but he got less game time when Pete Vasey took the reins.

He said “I wasn’t getting much game time once Mitch left and Pete only played me occasionally, I wasn’t an established first team player.

“I turned down the move because I’m really enjoying my football at Pickering and Jimmy knows where and when to play me.

“I would love to be in the first team for the remainder of the season and hopefully keep progressing up the table with Pickering.”