SAM Williams has rejected the opportunity to join Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division outfit Stourbridge following an official approach from The Glassboys.

Midfielder Williams, 27, who’s currently recovering from a shin problem has been an integral member of Ian Long’s squad for the past two seasons and committed his future to ‘Dale until the end of this campaign following talks with club officials over the past 48 hours.

Stourbridge made their approach earlier this week with boss Gary Hackett looking to bolster his squad following a disappointing run of form at Amblecote but Long is pleased Williams will to remain at The Beeches until the summer.

He said “I’m delighted Sam is staying put – he’s a great player and we’ve had a great relationship since I arrived, both here and away from football. It’s not surprising to see that others clubs are interested in him but he’s shown great loyalty to this club over the years.

“He’s part of the furniture. Sam, Luke Paskin and Andrew Parsons have played the best part of 500 games between them for Tividale and they know just how much they’re appreciated.

“I think Sam’s decision to turn down the chance of playing at a higher level says everything about what we’re trying to do here. Being happy as a footballer is not just about when you are on the field – it’s also about the environment you find yourself in when you’re off the pitch, too.

“All the staff and players here pull in the same direction. We work extremely hard and Sam’s choice to remain here is a great reflection of that. Likewise with Jordan (Archer) at Christmas, he had the chance to play at a higher level but, as with Sam, decided to remain here and commit himself to Tividale Football Club for the forseeable future.”