CARMARTHEN Town manager Mark Aizlewood has been gazumped by another Welsh Premier club as he bids to strengthen his side in the January transfer window.
And he warns that pushing the boat out to sign players on expensive deals can have dire consequences that he does not intend to replicate at Richmond Park.
"We have been operating to date with the smallest squad in the league with Danny Thomas (coach) and Neil Smothers (assistant manager) on the bench every week so with Neil's departure we are another body down going forward," Aizlewood says.
"At Carmarthen we operate to a very strict budget so transfer targets are therefore limited to players with something to prove usually from the league below.
"I thought I had broken this trend when an ex-TNS winger agreed to join us and trained with us last Wednesday prior to the game at Newtown.
"The next day he changed his mind following an absolutely incredible financial package offered him by another Premier team which I believe will make him the highest paid player in Welsh Premiership history.
"It is great for the league to have high profile players and big salaries as when Lee Trundle for example was playing for Neath FC but my fear is that these type of things usually depend on a benefactor and his or her goodwill.
"I think if you ask the supporters of clubs like Ebbw Vale, Barry, Llanelli and Neath to name just a few they might say that long term sustainability is better than any short term glory.
"With this in mind I remain fully committed to managing Carmarthen at an affordable and sustainable level whilst trying to bring success by good player identification, advice and coaching," the former Wales international added.