Marcus Bignot didn’t want to see Tom Shaw leave Chester but insists ‘financial constraints’ on the club led to the deal being sanctioned.

The 31-year-old made a shock move to National League North outfit Tamworth on Friday, penning an 18-month deal and going straight into Andy Morrell’s side for their 1-1 draw with Brackley Town. Shaw had been one of Chester’s senior players to find the switch to full-time demanding due to the fact he commutes from near Nottingham and had recently taken up a part-time role in the sports office at Nottingham Trent University.

Bignot had made no secret of how important he felt Shaw – who played 106 times during his Deva spell – was to Chester’s hopes of staying up, and his bite and aggression was certainly missing in central midfield during the 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Gateshead.

“In terms of how it has arisen, Tom has gone to press on that and stated why it was too good an opportunity for him to turn down,” Bignot said. “With no assurances here, we can’t look any further for him because of the financial restrictions on the club.”

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