Paul Barry is not bothered about losing out on Moses Ashikodi as he knows he now has a squad who want to play for him.
The former Millwall, West Ham and Watford striker was all set to sign for Hampton & Richmond Borough last Thursday, with his transfer from Enfield Town so far down the line it was announced on the Ryman League website as a done deal.
However, Ashikodi called off the move at the last minute after being offered more money by Ryman Premier rivals Margate.
All of which left Barry, who was in the market for a front man to take the pressure off top scorer Charlie Moone, with a headache in the lead up to Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Grays Athletic.
He threw in a signing which did come off, midfielder Aaron Wickham from Aldershot Town, up front with Moone to cover for his injury hit forward line.
Barry said: “What happened with Moses happens to everyone in football. He had signed a form for us but we hadn't put it through when Margate came in, and what they offered him was a substantial chunk more than we were.
“But what I need is a squad that fits within my budget and wants to play for me. I am happy with what I've got at the moment, although we will have a look if something better comes along, and we may look at a few more in training this week.
“I would have signed Aaron anyway, but he is more of an attacking midfielder who can play up top if needed. We needed him to on Saturday as Dan Thompson and Belal Aite-Ouakrim were both injured.
“In fact, Belal should not even have been on the bench, but we were down to our last 16 players, and even Charlie was injured after his toenail came off against Thamesmead, but we needed him to play.”
Barry is hoping to have everyone fit again for another busy week in which Hampton visit Lowestoft tomorrow before hosting AFC Hornchurch on Tuesday, although Tom Hickey will miss both games through suspension, as well as the following Saturday's game.
Barry added: “It was always our plan to get some of our more promising academy players involved this season, and Reece Brewster has already been involved, while we will be looking to get Nathan Parish-Mason, who can play on either wing, in there too.”
Meanwhile, goals from Wickham, Billy Jeffreys and Karle Andrews earned Hampton a 3-0 win at Wembley in the Middlesex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.