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Hitman in quit shock

STRIKER Lutel James insists he hasn't "spit his dummy out" after asking to go on the transfer list.

QUIT shock - Lutel James
QUIT shock - Lutel James

STRIKER Lutel James insists he hasn't "spit his dummy out" after asking to go on the transfer list.

The 31-year-old hitman had been an everpresent this season but was dropped to the bench for the Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy quarter-final victory over Bamber Bridge on Tuesday night.

The former Bury man put in a transfer request after the match after a disagreement with manager John Coleman. He feels the Reds' chief has questioned his attitude.

There have already been a couple of enquiries for the striker - one from a Conference club and one from the UniBond First Division - and he will cost a five figure fee.

However, Coleman is keen to keep hot shot James at the Interlink and is hoping it will be settled by tomorrow where James is expected to feature in their home match against Dagenham.

"Obviously I want to play every game but I am not some big shot who won't sit on the bench," said James, who has scored 15 goals this season. "What I am upset about is that I feel my attitude has been questioned."

"The manager seems to think I have been sulking playing on the right hand side in the last few games. Everyone knows I would rather play up front but I haven't sulked about it - if it is best for the team then I have got on with it."

"People may say I have had a bad game or not done something well but what they can never say is that I don't give 100 per cent. In every game I play I want to win and give my all."

"This has hurt me. I am not spitting out my dummy or behaving like a spoilt kid. It looks like that because I was dropped but it goes deeper. I have asked to go on the list but I didn't want all this fuss. I just want to play football."

Manager Coleman said: "Lutel decided he wasn't happy with the club and asked to leave. We had to say yes as it is up to him, I can't do anything about it if he wants to go."

"He hasn't been happy playing on the right but I want to play a particular way and that is up to me as manager."

"He knows I like to play 4-5-1 and I felt he has tailed off playing on the right in the last few games. I didn't think he was sulking - it has been a misunderstanding."

"I didn't pick him on Tuesday as I was looking at the options - a number of others didn't play like Andy Procter."

"He seems to think that I want him out but there is nothing further from the truth. I have no problem with Lutel. I made it known I didn't want him to go but it is up to him. Hopefully we can sort it out as soon as possible."

James, who joined the club in July 2001 and, with Paul Mullin, scored 66 goals to help Stanley into the Conference, said: "I feel like I am being forced out - that I am just waiting for the slaughter. I felt something was happening for the last month."

"I was raring to go on Tuesday because I had food poisoning on Saturday against Burton and didn't play well. Many people didn't know I was ill and thought I just had a bad game and I felt it was never explained."

He continued: "I have scored 80 goals in the two-and-a-half seasons here and have worked hard for the club. We won three cups in my first season here, got promoted the year after, and are doing well this season and had an FA Cup run and I have been a part of this."

"I respect everyone and I felt I was not getting the respect back. That got to me. I am not looking for sympathy - this is just the way I feel."

The club were hoping the situation could be resolved at training on Friday night.


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