HOWARD Krais insisted this week he will not break the bank at Wealdstone in pursuit of the Holy Grail of promotion.
With deadline day (March 31) approaching, other promotion hopefuls seem intent on throwing the financial kitchen sink at their bid to make the step up to Blue Square South.
Leaders Whitehawk have added Charlie Henry and former Crystal Palace man Paul Hinshelwood among others to their rank, while Margate have recruited Kezie Ibe and Dagenham and Redbridge loanees Tom Davie and Andy Burns.
Stones fans recently raised more than £4,000 for the club’s transfer kitty through their Pints4Promotion project, an effort saluted by chairman Krais.
However, while the supremo at the Vale has not ruled out spending that cash, he will not gamble the club’s future.
He said: “The Pints4Promotion initiative was great, but it won’t buy us a Charlie Henry type player and we won’t spend every penny we’ve got to achieve everything this season.
“We could do all of that, get to the playoffs, lose on penalties and be back to square one and have spent all next year’s budget.
“Even if we could put more money in we would be looking at a player who could do the business for us not only this season, but next as well.
“We have to remember our premise. The club needs to be here after we are gone. We are only the stewards of it.
“Other clubs are playing boom or bust and will eventually go bust, but we have been here more than 100 years and we will be here for another 100.”
Krais’ comments come ahead of a fixture pile-up caused by the weather, which should see Stones face five games in 10 days.
Saturday’s visit to Hampton is followed on Tuesday by the trek to fellow promotion hopefuls Margate before their rescheduled home clash with championship-chasing Concord next Thursday.
Relegation-haunted Wingate and Finchley are next up (March 30) before the Wealdstone/Harrow derby concludes the congested fixtures run on Easter Monday.