Former Peterborough United star Adam Drury has turned down the chance to play for Stilton United in the Peterborough Premier Division.
Drury’s in-laws live in the village and asked the left-back, who played for Norwich City in the Premier League, if he fancied the occasional run-out.
Drury, who retired from professional football after a career spanning 570 games at the end of last season, said: “The team have asked me to play a few times and I did think about it, but I’ve been enjoying having free time on Saturdays.
“I wish them all the best though.”
Stilton are currently fourth in the Premier Division, but it looks like a two-horse race for the title between Coates and Oakham following third-placed Netherton’s 1-0 defeat at Moulton Harrox.
Netherton player-manager Jon Harrison suffered a serious thigh injury and could miss the rest of the season.
The decision of Peterborough City Council to withdraw groundsmen from weekend pitch work has claimed its first victims.
ICA Sports have withdrawn their three sides from the Peterborough Sunday Morning League next season as a direct consequence of the PCC decision.
The club are based at Ringwood, South Bretton which no longer has weekend groundsman cover and the club are not prepared to meet the extra financial and physical demands now asked of them.
Parkside Reserves played at an unattended Bretton Park last Sunday and their players returned to the changing rooms to find they had been robbed of phones, cash and clothes.