One of the attractions of Non-League football is the fact that players are not professional, having to balance their love of the game with the need to earn a living.

Not anymore for National League side Southport FC. The team from Merseyside have decided to go “full-time” as of next season, with reports suggesting they are about to capture an unnamed League One player.

Ex-manager Liam Watson, who is now a director at the club, revealed as much in an interview after  a 3-2 win against Wrexham

“You’ve got to give the chairman and the rest of the directors a bit of credit because there’s money been found” he told the official club website.

“We’ve had an offer accepted from a League One club. It’s the biggest I’ve ver made at Southport Football Club which is really pleasing”.

Quite who the mystery player is remains to be seen, but it’s quite clear the club have set their stall out, in an effort to compete with other clubs in the league. The Sandgrounders are only three points clear of the relegation zone and whether any subsequent drop down the leagues would have any impact on the plans made have not been discussed publicly.

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