Published: 06:00, 23 June 2021
Gillingham manager Steve Evans believes it’s getting harder to find non-league bargains.
Evans leaves no stone unturned in his hunt for new players and that includes scouring the lower leagues.
But the price tags have gone up in recent years, as have wage demands.
There are a couple of non-league players Evans likes but, generally, he’s not convinced it’s the market it was.
He said: “I think the problem we have sometimes with non-league is the values that some people put on players, whether that be wages or transfer fees.
“I’ve watched all of the Conference play-off games and I’m not sure how many League 1 players there are in those teams, and good League 1 players.
“There will always be some but the other side that non-league players give you is that grounding.
"They give you that side of the game that often gets overlooked, the heart, the passion, the commitment, the energy, the determination to be a Football League player.
“There’s one or two we like, but it is one or two.
“Whether we can go anywhere with them because of expectations with salaries, I don’t know.
“Some of those lads earn a decent wage playing football and a very decent wage outside of football, and that sometimes proves difficult to compete with.”