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Holtham issues hands off warning for Omari
4:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Local
ALVECHURCH boss Dean Holtham has issued a hands off warning to other non-league clubs showing an interest in hotly-rated hitman Omari Sterling-James.
The young hitman has attracted attention from clubs higher up the non-league pyramid but his manager insists that if the youngster leaves it will be to a club in the Football League.
Sterling-James looked set to join Walsall last season after playing in their reserves, only for the Saddlers to instead opt to sign two youngsters from Chelsea instead.
“Omari was extremely disappointed not to get offered terms when he was at Walsall,” said Holtham.
“He’s getting his confidence back with us. There has been a great deal of interest in him — I understand there are Football League clubs tracking his progress.”
Meanwhile, the Churchmen have had an unbeaten start to the season.
Following victories over Rocester and Coleshill Town, the Church were held to a 2-2 draw at Loughborough University.
Sterling-James fired Alvechurch into the lead but Loughborough levelled before half time and then took the lead from the penalty spot before Karl Fellows squared matters.
Alvechurch had to draft in 19-year-old central defender Tom O’Sullivan to play at the back with Jordan Henry at Loughborough, replacing Dominic Perkins, who broke his leg in two places during the 2-0 win at Coleshill Town.
The 18-year-old underwent surgery last Friday.
Alvechurch, who played Stourport Swifts last night, travel to Tividale on Saturday in the FA Cup.
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