Striker Ty Alleyne believes the best way for him to improve is to stay with Haverhill Rovers after rejecting an extended trial at Barnet.
Alleyne, along with fellow 17-year-old Rovers full-back Will Gardner, attended a trial at the League Two club almost three weeks ago.
Although Gardner returned to Rovers with a few pointers on how to improve his game, Alleyne was given the chance to stay on trial for another two weeks, including two games and full-time training.
However, the frontman turned down the offer, preferring instead to carry on his football education at his hometown club, with whom he has been since leaving the Stevenage Academy just before Christmas 2013.
Prior to that he played junior football for Kedington Youth FC.
He explained: “It was a different set up to what I was used to.
“The environment they have set up there wasn’t right for me as a person and for me as a player.
“I feel the best place for me to be right now is with Haverhill Rovers.
“I think for me now I’ve just got to keep my head down and not get ahead of myself.
“There’s a lot of work for me to do as a young player and there is a lot I need to improve on and If I don’t get my head down I won’t improve.”
Alleyne was formally a central defender, a position he played when previously offered a trial at Norwich City, but following a suggestion made by Michael Shinn after his arrival as player-manager last October, he has moved up top.
As one of many young players in the Rovers first-team squad that have come through the under-18s to senior level, Alleyne has seen first-hand how having a plethora of talented young footballers is benefitting Rovers.
He said: “I think a lot of people forget there are a quite a few under-18s from last year, like Ollie Stevenson and Rory Jebb, that are very good footballers and we are in a very good position compared to a lot of other clubs around us where Shinny can put us in and he can confidently say ‘I can put you in and I know you are good enough.’
“There are plenty of other young footballers at the club who are good enough to move on to football at a higher level.”
Alleyne is confident that Rovers, who host Whitton Un ited on Saturday (3pm) having just bagged their seocnd win of the campaign, will have enough to compete well in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
He said: “If people knew how we are feeling as a changing room, they would not be particularly worried about it.”
nMidfielder Ross Elkins has left Rovers to join Halstead Town, just six months after joining them from Haverhill Borough. He was sent off for the Humbugs when they defeated Rovers in the FA Vase on Saturday.