Worksop Town may have to fight off interest from higher league clubs for the services of skipper Jake Scott.
Evo-Stik side Shaw Lane Aquaforce, who pipped Tigers to the title and promotion by four points last season, have put a seven-day notice in to be able to speak to the midfielder.
And National League North side Tamworth – where ex Tigers Leon Mettam, Shane Clarke and Owain Warlow are now based – are believed to be keen to have Scott come to train with them.
But Worksop boss Mark Shaw is desperate to keep the former Barnsley prospect at Sandy Lane – not just for his ability on the pitch.
“Scotty is an integral part of the club and what we do on and off the pitch,” he said.
“He was a loyal player who stayed when the club was in turmoil, stepped forward and wanted to be captain.
“Jake is a main part of our community project and although Shaw Lane have made an approach, I’m hoping he stays.
“I’ll be talking to him about his future.”
Shaw said Scott has been one of the club’s best performers in recent games, and insists if he was to lose the 21-year-old it should be to a club much higher up the football pyramid.
“Unless a Conference club comes in for him at the very top of non league, I wouldn’t see him leaving as a good move.
“We’re moving forward and have a lot more going for us than a lot of clubs.”
Tough tackling Scott first came to Sandy Lane on loan from Barnsley, before signing on a permanent basis after his release from Oakwell.
Last season he captained Tigers to second place in the NCEL Premier behind Shaw Lane, who have already signed Jono Wafula from Worksop this season, after the defender refused to take his place on the Tigers bench.