Bath City could block Slocombe's Terras move
Bath City may attempt to block Martin Slocombe's proposed move to Weymouth.
The 20-year-old left back verbally accepted a new deal at Twerton Park but the club were surprised to hear today that he has agreed to join the Terras instead.
Because Slocombe was a contracted player last season, City are now looking at whether they can oppose the transfer or seek compensation from Weymouth.
As he is under the age of 24, City will retain Slocombe's player registration under the Bosman ruling if they can prove they offered him terms in line with or better than the contract he was on last season.
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The details were supposed to be provided in letter form at the end of last season but that did not happen because Slocombe went to work in Spain during the summer.
However, City are now looking at whether Slocombe's verbal agreement will stand legally.
"We feel very disappointed with Martin's attitude," said assistant manager Lee Howells.
"He said he would definitely sign when he came back from Spain but he never turned up and now it seems he has gone to Weymouth.
"We had a few problems with Martin last season but we looked after him and we wanted to keep him at the club because we rate him as a player.
"If someone doesn't want to be at the club then there's not much we can do about it but we wish Martin had gone about it in a different way."
New Weymouth manager Matt Hale said: "Martin was the left-back I said I was after at my first press conference and it is fantastic news that he has agreed to sign.
"He has a great engine on him and he likes to get forward as well as defend. He has a fantastic left foot and is just the type of full-back I want. The other great thing is that he is still young and I am sure he will prove another very good asset for the club."
City could also lose Ali Gibb from their plans after the winger began training with Newport County this week.
He had been expected to pre-season train with City on a non-contract basis to prove he was over the serious injuries which limited him to just a handful of appearances last term.
Gibb could join a growing Bath contingent at Newport, which includes former City players Dave Gilroy and Scott Rogers plus the ex-TeamBath trio of Gary Warren, Takumi Ake and Matt Lock.