Making the move from the Northern Premier League to the Football League may seem like a daunting experience for some players.
However, you only have to look at Che Adams’ recent transfer from Ilkeston to Sheffield United to see that players are capable of making the step-up.
For Shaun Tuton, Buxton’s stand-out performer in what has so far been a hugely successful season, he faces a big decision.
Last month Tuton was approached by League Two side Carlisle United and invited for a trial.
He accepted, impressed during his week-long stay and is now being monitored by the Cumbrians as they moot over offering the 22-year-old a first professional deal.
Although it’s fair to say his head has been turned, Tuton is adamant that he won’t depart the Silverlands for any old club.
He told the Advertiser: “I’ve said I wouldn’t leave Buxton just to go to the league above.
“At this moment in time I’m enjoying my football so that’s why I’m playing well.
“The manager Martin McIntosh has said he doesn’t want me to go, but he has also given me some advice.
“I said to him I wouldn’t want to go to another club if it was just in the Conference or Conference North.
“I’d rather stay here and enjoy my football and keep playing well.
“Obviously, when a Football League club comes in, then it’s a different story.
“You only have to look at Che Adams at Sheffield United.
“One week you might be playing in the Evo-Stik leagues, and the next you’re playing well in League One like he is.”
Tuton, whose 15 goals this season has helped the Bucks to joint-second in the table, says he enjoyed his trial at Carlisle where he came up against Premier League opposition on his first day!
He said: “I went up there and did some training and played in a friendly game against Newcastle on the Monday.
“They had a few first-team players out such as Gabriel Obertan and Siem de Jong.
“I played 85 minutes and it was a good game to come up against those kind of players and witness how they pass the ball.
“I thought we did well against a team as good as what they had out, even though we lost 3-1.
“I Enjoyed the game and worked hard.”
Tuton confirmed that United boss Keith Curle was happy with what he saw during the trial and that he will continue to keep tabs on him in the coming weeks.
“Now they want to see me with players I’ve bonded with at Buxton, and at a place where I’ve been playing some of my best football,” said Tuton.
“They’ve said they want to watch me come and play for Buxton and then maybe sort something out from there.
“They were pleased with me in the Newcastle game and said I did well.
“You can’t really judge someone up against Premier League players.
“The manager (Curle) seems to be bringing non-league players in, so it’s not like it’s a bad club to go to.”
Despite the future looking rosy, Tuton is also acutely aware that a contract offer may not materialise.
If that happens he insists he is more than happy to stay at Buxton; a club where everything has clicked into place since arriving last summer.
He says that with the squad that McIntosh has at his disposal, promotion is certainly achievable.
He added: “I already knew a couple of the lads that were here before I came, so I bonded with them straight away.
“We all have a laugh and get on well.
“While ever you’re happy as a team, that’s generally when you start playing well.
“When the atmosphere is good in training it makes us play better.
“I think this is the most amount of goals I’ve scored at this stage of a season.
“But there’s still the rest of the season to go and I hope to be into the 20-mark area before the end of the season.
“We’ve a good squad and if we knuckle down and play how we can, then we’re in with a chance of going up.”
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