Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison shrugged off what he described as being a bit of negativity around the camp as he announced that goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski has decided to stay with the Colliers.
The youngsters is understudy to current number one Connor Grant but has impressed for Durham University recently.
Harmison said: “It was understandable that Chris Moore wanted to take Tom Gilbey, Michael King and Daniel Field with him after he was recently appointed as the new manager of Durham City, however, Ben is staying with us, which is great news because not only do I think he is a fantastic keeper but also having him to push Conor Grant is terrific.”
Meanwhile Harmison was ‘over the moon’ during the week after Durham University had won the National League.
He said: “Chris Moore is in charge of them and he has certainly enhanced his reputation. He will go places and I’m pleased for him.
“It’s marvellous that Durham are the best university team in the country and apparently Dudzinski had a great game in midweek for them.
“I never had a problem with Chris wanting to sign the three kids as he recommended them to us in the first place, even though he was playing for a different club at the time.
“I was gutted to lose Moore and the other university lads, but I am thrilled at the progress of Jonny Giles, who was with us last term and who is now at Oxford United.”
Meanwhile Harmison admitted he hopes Ashington’s central defender and former skipper Liam Atkin will be successful in his quest to find another Northern League club.
“We’ve had a few enquiries about Liam and for Ashington as well as himself, I’d like to hope that things materialise quickly and everybody can move on,” he said.
“Liam played for Ashington Colliers and fingers crossed that he will be back playing Northern League football as soon as possible.
“From my point of view, Liam hasn’t done a great deal wrong, but as a manager you make decisions and live or die by them.
“I didn’t want him to sit on the bench and thought it better if the two parties shook hands and we get the best solution for Liam.
“He’s a good player who did great things for Ashington as captain in a successful period under manager Gary Middleton, but this time things just haven’t worked out in my mind.”