MATTY Holmes admitted Wimborne Town’s recent success would naturally cause sides to take notice of his star performers.

Magpies’ sublime run of form saw them end 2017 fourth in Southern League West, with 39 points coming from 22 games.

Wimborne’s most recent triumph came with a 3-0 victory over Winchester City on Boxing Day.

And while he confirmed there had been no recent offers for his players, the Cuthbury boss believes it would be a “no-brainer” for clubs to be on the lookout.

He told the Daily Echo: “We develop players and that’s what we have to do. If the boys stay in and around the areas at the top, then teams will look.

“We haven’t had any offers recently for any of our players. I am sure sides will see where we are and what we are doing, that might change if we do stay in those areas.

“But I think the lads are so happy they won’t want to leave a team which is in the top 10 and they are loving their football.”

Wimborne are set to visit promotion rivals Salisbury tomorrow (3pm), with just two points separating the pair in the league table.

Holmes and Whites’ boss Steve Claridge share a friendship stretching back to when they were on Cherries’ books together in the mid-1980s.

And the Cuthbury manager revealed his son Luke Holmes was target of Salisbury.

“They wanted Luke in the summer and we were happy for them to speak to him,” he added.

“We are not going to stop any player doing anything. I spoke to Steve a few times about Luke.”

Asked why the midfielder made the decision to stay at Wimborne, Holmes replied: “He had a few back problems in the summer and I think he felt that, if he went to a new club, he would not do himself justice.

“But with performances like he turned in against Winchester, clubs will start looking at him again. It’s a no-brainer with him and some of the others who are playing really well.

“I think Luke just wants to play football and wants to enjoy it. He is at the moment and if the summer brings people wanting to look at him and talk to him then it’s brilliant for him.”

With a healthy crowd expected at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, boss Holmes wants his charges to embrace the occasion.

“These are the games the players are desperate to play in, in front of a really big crowd,” he added.

“We have got ourselves in a really good position this season, but we know it is going to be a mammoth task for us.”

Wimborne will assess the fitness of James Stokoe after he was forced off with a hamstring problem last time out.

Magpies: (from) Benfield, Walker, Penny, Maybury, Cole, Oldring, Arnold, Kellaway, Stokoe, Francis, L Holmes, T Holmes, Burbidge, Lovell, Walsh, Okumu.