Saints target in tapping-up row

HARRY CORNICK (right)

HARRY CORNICK (right)

First published in Sport

WONDERKID Harry Cornick is at the centre of bitter tapping-up row between non-league neighbours Christchurch and Poole Town.

The 17-year-old Priory winger has attracted attention from a host of Premier League and Football League clubs since bursting on to the scene this season.

Cornick, whose suitors are believed to include Saints, Stoke, Fulham, Cherries, Crystal Palace and Brentford, has come through the ranks at Hurn Bridge.

And rival bosses Graham Kemp at Christchurch and Tom Killick at Poole are at loggerheads over the Dolphins’ approach for the Poole Grammar School teenager.

Priory have lodged a complaint with the Football Association after claiming Poole had illegally spoken to Cornick, an accusation the Dolphins have fiercely refuted. And the disagreement has spilled over into an angry war of words.

Kemp told the Daily Echo: “I have never held a player to a seven-day approach and wasn’t holding Tom to the seven days. Tom phoned me on the Thursday before our FA Cup tie with Alresford on the Saturday and all I stipulated was for him to wait until after the game. Three hours later, I had a call from Harry who said Tom had spoken to him.

“I called Tom to ask why but we got cut off. He sent me a text saying he would get back to me but he didn’t have the decency to ring me back.

“We were doing Poole a favour and feel, as a club, they have ridden roughshod over us and lacked a bit of respect.

“We are not naïve, we know it (tapping up) goes on but he should have had the decency to respect what we had asked.”

Poole boss Killick, however, claims he was given the green light to speak to Cornick and has hit back at Kemp’s accusations.

Killick said: “Christchurch have seen fit to refer it to the FA and we have had to make a formal response. We are confident there is no wrongdoing whatsoever.

“Sometimes, people get frustrated about the position they find themselves in and react in an inappropriate fashion. I am disappointed it has happened but have got bigger things to worry about."

 

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11:35am Thu 20 Sep 12

mgprobert says...

For those who havent tried it yet I can recommend AdBlock for this page. I was considering not opening the page again but now I can just see the "news" items without the annoying video and music interrupting things
For those who havent tried it yet I can recommend AdBlock for this page. I was considering not opening the page again but now I can just see the "news" items without the annoying video and music interrupting things mgprobert
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12:09pm Thu 20 Sep 12

adscm says...

If, at 17, this lad is as good as is being reported (ie. a "wonderkid"), why is he not already in some pro teams academy, rather than playing for a semi-pro club.

If he's only in the next county along at Christchurch why haven't we already got him into our youth system previously?
If, at 17, this lad is as good as is being reported (ie. a "wonderkid"), why is he not already in some pro teams academy, rather than playing for a semi-pro club. If he's only in the next county along at Christchurch why haven't we already got him into our youth system previously? adscm
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1:42pm Thu 20 Sep 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

Who ever signs him he sounds a good prospect.Lets hope he heads for ST MARYS..in the past Saints have done ok IN getting players from local non-league clubs.Jason Dodd,Andy Townsend,and more recently Aaron Martin.And didn't Wayne Bridge play for Winchester before going to the DELL.
Who ever signs him he sounds a good prospect.Lets hope he heads for ST MARYS..in the past Saints have done ok IN getting players from local non-league clubs.Jason Dodd,Andy Townsend,and more recently Aaron Martin.And didn't Wayne Bridge play for Winchester before going to the DELL. CB FRY LIVES
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1:44pm Thu 20 Sep 12

SO50 Saint says...

Will he be classed as a Wonderkid in FM 2013?
Will he be classed as a Wonderkid in FM 2013? SO50 Saint
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3:03pm Thu 20 Sep 12

ShakeyWiffles says...

mgprobert wrote:
For those who havent tried it yet I can recommend AdBlock for this page. I was considering not opening the page again but now I can just see the "news" items without the annoying video and music interrupting things
Or you could just put your computer on silent........
[quote][p][bold]mgprobert[/bold] wrote: For those who havent tried it yet I can recommend AdBlock for this page. I was considering not opening the page again but now I can just see the "news" items without the annoying video and music interrupting things[/p][/quote]Or you could just put your computer on silent........ ShakeyWiffles
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5:08pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Linesman says...

adscm wrote:
If, at 17, this lad is as good as is being reported (ie. a "wonderkid"), why is he not already in some pro teams academy, rather than playing for a semi-pro club.

If he's only in the next county along at Christchurch why haven't we already got him into our youth system previously?
I guess that he was either not spotted or maybe he did not show promise at an earlier age. Kids do not all develop at the same pace.
[quote][p][bold]adscm[/bold] wrote: If, at 17, this lad is as good as is being reported (ie. a "wonderkid"), why is he not already in some pro teams academy, rather than playing for a semi-pro club. If he's only in the next county along at Christchurch why haven't we already got him into our youth system previously?[/p][/quote]I guess that he was either not spotted or maybe he did not show promise at an earlier age. Kids do not all develop at the same pace. Linesman
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5:24pm Thu 20 Sep 12

SouthamptonLegend says...

A saints target?

If he was we would have him already!!!
A saints target? If he was we would have him already!!! SouthamptonLegend
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11:14pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Radclyffe says...

This Daily Echo story is totally OTT. Harry Cornick is a promising 17-year old local footballer, who happens to play in the colleges league on Wednesday afternoons. To describe him as a 'wonderkid' is absurd. Let the lad develop his career naturally without the media putting pressure on him. Has the reporter who wrote this story ever seen Harry play ?
This Daily Echo story is totally OTT. Harry Cornick is a promising 17-year old local footballer, who happens to play in the colleges league on Wednesday afternoons. To describe him as a 'wonderkid' is absurd. Let the lad develop his career naturally without the media putting pressure on him. Has the reporter who wrote this story ever seen Harry play ? Radclyffe
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