BUXTON FC’S pre-season preparations suffered a setback at the weekend after Danish goalkeeper Jan Budtz informed manager Martin McIntosh that he would not be joining the team.
Just days after putting pen to paper, the non-contract player texted McIntosh on Saturday morning to say he was instead going to a higher division club which had offered to double his money.
The six-foot four custodian, the first Danish national to sign for the club, is perhaps best known for his penalty shoot-out heroics on his debut for Doncaster Rovers in their 2005 League Cup win over Manchester City, when he saved two out of the three penalties taken by the Premier League side.
At Saturday’s first pre-season training session, McIntosh led his collection of re-signed players, under 19s, new recruits and hopeful triallists through their paces.
Among them was midfielder Jordan Hall, who is returning to the Silverlands after more than four seasons with former Buxton boss Nicky Law’s Alfreton Town side. Hall was joined by six-foot plus centre-backs David Haggerty and Marc Roberts and left-siders wideman Sam Duncum.
McIntosh already has three other experienced keepers in mind and is hoping to recruit them, as well as another defender and another striker, before the Evo-Stik Premier Division League kicks off on August 18.
The pre-season friendly programme of fixtures gets underway next Saturday, July 14, when Buxton travel to Worksop Parramore for a 3pm kick-off. The following Saturday, Buxton will welcome a Notts County XI to the Silverlands (3pm kick off). On Tuesday, July 24, Macclesfield Town are the visitors and on Saturday, July 28, Buxton will host Sheffield FC. A Sheffield Wednesday XI will take on the Bucks at the Silverlands on Wednesday, August 1, before Leek Town are the visitors on Saturday, August 4.
l The recent bad weather is holding back the grass on the Silverlands pitch and means the Buxton Carnival Cup match, scheduled for next Friday, July 13, has been postponed.
The constant rain and lack of sun means the re-seeded pitch is struggling to thrive but with no home games scheduled until July 21, it is hoped the pitch will soon be in top form.