Gurney fends off rivals' triple transfer raid

SEAGULLS boss Andy Gurney insists three of his star men are going nowhere after rival clubs tried to raid the Woodspring Stadium this week.

SEAGULLS boss Andy Gurney insists three of his star men are going nowhere after rival clubs tried to raid the Woodspring Stadium this week.

Bath City approached giant centre back Clayton Fortune, while Newport County made a cash offer for stopper Craig Rand and enquired about utility man Ashan Holgate.

But Gurney rebuffed The Exiles' overtures and insisted Fortune is not bound for Twerton Park.

He told the Mercury: "Last week Bath City put in an approach for Clayton, but he doesn't want to go anywhere and we have made it clear to them that he wants to stay with us."


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Fortune is on non-contract terms with Weston after joining on a free transfer in July, which means he can leave to join another club on week's notice.

Gurney added: "A small offer has been made by Newport for Craig but it's nowhere near what we value him at.

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"As far as Craig and Ashan go, they are both big players for us and are under contract."

Rand is contracted until the summer of 2011, while Holgate has a deal until the end of this season.

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