ACCRINGTON STANLEY boss John Coleman is determined to hold onto star midfielder Ian Craney.
Local League Two rivals Morecambe have lodged two bids for the 25-year-old £85,000 record buy.
But Coleman insists their offer is not enough to prise Craney away from the FES for a second time.
Shrimps boss Sammy McIlroy said: "Ian Craney is a player I have admired and we have inquired about him but they have turned back every approach we have made."
But Coleman said of Craney, who returned to the club from League One side Swansea last season: "I haven’t considered their bid and would not consider it.
"I think every player at any club has got a price but I wouldn’t think Morecambe could afford to pay the price that I would put on Ian Craney."
It is believed Morecambe offered money plus a player and chairman Eric Whalley confirmed: "It was not enough and, anyway, we would never be interested."
Meanwhile, experienced midfielder John Mullin has agreed terms with the club but has yet to put pen to paper on a one-year deal with a one-year option.
The 32-year-old ex-Sunderland and Burnley player has been training pre-season with the Reds and Coleman believes that Mullin will be a welcome addition alongside his brother Paul, Stanley’s record appearance holder.
"John has got a bright future at Accrington once he signs. He knows me and Jimmy (Bell) and has settled in well," said the Reds’ chief.
"He is a good footballer and covers a couple of positions and that always helps."
"I am ready for a new challenge," said the younger Mullin. "I have never played alongside Paul so it will be a new experience for me.
"I am sure we can develop an understanding - we have both got bald heads so that’s a start! I hope to chip in with a few goals but I will leave most of that to Paul.
"It is, though, an important time for me as I had an ankle operation last season and didn’t play a lot but I am fit now and raring to go."
Coleman, however, fears the deal to bring Blackburn Rovers striker Jamie Clarke, 19, to the FES on a loan contract until Christmas may not come off.
"I was hoping he would link up with us soon but, because they have changed managers at Blackburn, they want to have a look at him," said Coleman.
"I thought it was sorted out but it is something you have to accept as it happens in football but I am hoping to sort out another loan deal for a striker next week."
Meanwhile, a Stanley team made up largely of trialists - including a group of Argentinians - played in the first pre-season friendly which was a 1-1 draw at Darwen on Tuesday.
The Reds have a second friendly at UniBond Premier side Cammell Laird tomorrow (ko 3pm) and will make the short trip to UniBond First Division club Rossendale United on Tuesday (ko 7.30pm).
"Pre-season is going well so far," said Coleman. "The lads have all returned in a positive frame of mind and have knuckled down and worked hard.
"They seem to be enjoying it and are embracing what we are trying to do.
"We have a number of trialists, which we need to whittle down, but we are a Football League club and it is an attraction for people who want to make their name in England so we will have a look at them. Some of the Argentinian players were bright at Darwen.
"I am hoping to arrange a couple more pre-season friendlies so everyone gets a fair crack of the whip and I think those who start the season will need around three games to be ready for Aldershot.
"My full focus is on that game now."
Goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin has now signed a new one-year deal and will be challenging Kenny Arthur for the No 1 spot.