Craig Elliott believes the blow of losing two key players will be softened by a flurry of transfer activity this week.

Boston United’s reigning player of the season, Ashley Hemmings, has turned down a new contract with the Pilgrims and is set to join a National League club. Meanwhile, another important player, the versatile Jordan Keane, has signed for National League North rivals Stockport County.

A philosophical Elliott admits losing the pair is blow, but has already moved on to other targets.

“We made them what we felt were very good offers and I liked to think they would have wanted to stay,” said the Pilgrims boss.

“But, as I’ve said in the past, if they think they can achieve more somewhere else, then we don’t want them here. They’re both good lads and good luck to them.

“It’s football. Let’s not get around it, it’s about money, which is a shame. The teams they’ve gone to, we can’t compete with financially.”

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