Martin McIntosh has revealed that sought-after striker Shaun Tuton has rejected ‘half a dozen’ approaches from higher league clubs.
The Buxton manager’s comments are the clearest indication yet that the 13-goal forward is set to stay at the Silverlands.
Tuton, who arrived in the summer from local rivals Matlock Town, has been one of the star performers for McIntosh this season and has regularly caught the eye of scouts with a series of dazzling displays.
Speaking earlier this week the Bucks chief revealed that Tuton rebuffed the opportunity to discuss potential moves to a host of clubs, all plying their trade higher up the football pyramid.
McIntosh said: “Shaun has had teams after him but he has told Tim (Ryan) and I that he’s loving it here.
“He likes playing here, he’s enjoying his football and he believes it’s the best club for him at this moment in time.
“I think the fans realise what he does for the team.
“Yes he can score goals but he’s also a team player.
“It’s brilliant that he wants to stay here and we hope he can continue in the same way he has been playing all season.”
The Bucks were given a major boost in their bid for automatic promotion last weekend, as they came away with three points at table-toppers Skelmersdale.
McIntosh was delighted with the performance of his players during the 3-2 victory and says the squad has come a long way since last season’s mid-table struggle.
He said: “We just look a better team all-round compared to last season.
“We’ve players that can hurt teams and we’ve got a fit squad with pace all over the place.
“Only Ilkeston have scored more goals than us and we’re looking good.”
The Bucks manager was also pleased with the vociferous support of the travelling Bucks’ fans during last weekend’s success.
He added: “The fans were tremendous. We were so well-supported.
“There were so many of them at Skelmersdale and when you consider it’s a two-and-a-half hour drive each way, then that’s testament to how good they are.”
This weekend Buxton travel to Witton Albion looking to avenge the 3-0 loss at the Silverlands back in November.
McIntosh said at the time: “It was a poor performance and we got what we deserved.”