Sholing are sweating on the future of hot-shot striker Lee Wort.
The 22-year-old’s time at the Silverlake Arena could be over after he told co-manager Dave Fear he wants to play professional football, writes PETER HOWARD.
The FA Vase winners could see a second of their cup heroes exit Portsmouth Road after defender/midfielder Mike Carter left for Conference South side Gosport Borough last month.
Wort, pictured, scored over 50 goals last season as the Boatmen won the Sydenhams Wessex League for the first time in their history, as well as lifting the FA Vase at Wembley.
Fear is keen on keeping his talisman, though won’t hold him back if he wants to further his career.
“Lee Wort hasn’t signed up yet for the season,” he said.
“He’s talking about a pro career to prove himself at a higher level. We’ve had a couple of chats about it and we wouldn’t hold him back on that.
“If he’s going to play higher up then that’s great, but we won’t want him to go sideways.
“We want him to stay but we definitely wouldn’t want to stand in his way.
“Like with Mike Carter, it’s only a good thing that he wants to play for clubs at a higher level.
“It’s the same for any player. We don’t want to hold them back because in a few years they’ll probably want to return. “We don’t want them to leave under a cloud. They’d never want to return then.
“It’s all about the football for us and if we are able to help players further their careers that’s great.”
Byron and Barry Mason’s brother, Dan, has re-signed from Folland Sports ahead of 2014/15.