Lewes manager Darren Freeman says striker Ben Pope took a pay cut to join Lewes from Burgess Hill Town. Pope left the Hillians last week to join play off-chasing Lewes, the West Sussex Gazette report.
Burgess Hill Town Town head coach said: “It was a bit of a shock. We had offered Ben a contract a few weeks ago which he accepted.
“We were just getting all the formalities done and he was going to sign the contract but Lewes put a seven-dayer in. I was hoping he would say no but his response was that he would like to talk to them.
“Within an hour he was gone. I am disappointed because we tried to look after him but that’s football.
“It doesn’t surprise me to be honest. I think he’s probably been offered more money than we can offer him. The opportunity of the play-offs was an attraction for him.”
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