I’M staying put – that is Wisbech Town FC captain Paul Cousins’ message to boost fans and the club.
The Fenmen were rocked by UCL side Spalding United putting in a seven-day approach for the centre-back on Tuesday last week before they hosted ex-Conference giants Kettering Town in Saturday’s huge FA Cup tie.
Home-town player Cousins confirmed he has spoken to Town boss Steve Appleby after the approach from the Tulips came in, and the skipper understands it is “ridiculous money”.
The 30-year-old was expecting big-spending Spalding to contact him last night, and he said: “I think they will speak to me Tuesday night or after. I think they put it in Monday night or Tuesday morning and the club received it Tuesday afternoon.
“I had a good chat with Apps, like we always do, and I told him that I’m staying.
“I’ve told Apps how much the money’s meant to be. I’ve heard it is meant to be ridiculous money for this level. I’ve heard that they are going to offer stupid money, and money I can’t refuse.
“Someone had told Apps that Spalding think ‘Cousins is in the bag already’. “A lot of players would go, but it isn’t all about money to me.
“It’s a no-brainer for me. I felt privileged to be put back as captain when I rejoined the club.”
The timing of the approach was puzzling, as Cousins added: “It is bit strange and weird that they have done it before the biggest game of the season. But it doesn’t matter to me.”
He joked: “If they offer me £1,000 a week I might reconsider!”
Appleby said: “He’s a loyal local lad. At the minute he’s here, he’s my captain and you could see against Kettering what a great leader he is. It’s out of my hands and I hope he stays.”
The Fenland Citizen revealed a fortnight ago that Appleby was concerned clubs were tapping up Cousins.