FAREHAM boss Matt Parr is facing a battle to keep a number of his key players at the club after approaches from local rivals.
AFC Portchester and Gosport Borough have already made enquiries about members of the Reds’ squad, while four or five other teams are also keeping a close eye on Cams Alders players.
In-form Southern League premier division outfit Borough, who could lose keeper Nathan Ashmore to Australian side Oakleigh Cannons, are interested in Fareham No1 Luke Douglas.
Meanwhile, Wessex premier rivals Portchester are hoping to lure forward Danny Thompson to Wicor Rec.
‘I’m fighting to keep hold of my players,’ admitted Parr.
‘The current aim is to try to get a top-eight finish but that could depend on keeping this team together.
‘We don’t pay our players anything so other clubs can come in and offer them money.
‘The players might think other teams are more ambitious than us in those respects. It is frustrating but it happens at every level of football.
‘I have been at Fareham for four years now and each year I’ve had to rebuild.
‘We keep putting the platform down to build on but have nothing to go on top of it.
‘This season is no different because we have got a side capable of a top-eight finish and it would have been good to take them forward.’
Parr is looking for a big reaction from his players in tonight’s league clash against Totton & Eling at Cams Alders (7.45pm).
His side lost 2-0 against lowly Lymington Town last time out and he wants them to make up for that.
‘It is important that we get back to winning ways as soon as possible,’ said Parr.
‘We were really poor in our last game and didn’t meet the minimum expectations to succeed at this level.
‘The work-rate needs to be upped and we must improve in the final third.
‘We didn’t hold the ball up well enough or put it into good areas enough.
‘I am looking for us to get back on the front foot.’
Parr intends to make three or four changes to his starting line-up in a bid to freshen things up.