Sutton United skipper Charlie Clough may have attracted the attentions of clubs higher up the football pyramid over the summer, but he was not about to have his head turned.

The 23-year-old has established himself as a no-nonsense central half since taking over the captaincy from Jamie Stuart last term.

And it is that faith shown in him by boss Paul Doswell that played a big part in his staying at the Lane.

He remains determined to play at a higher level, but he is more determined to make sure that is with United.

“I know my name was being mentioned by clubs like AFC Wimbledon and Eastleigh, but all footballers know names get bandied about all the time, and nothing is solid until an offer is made,” he said.

“But Doswell has a plan at United, I am comfortable here and I feel wanted.

“Being skipper has given me extra responsibility, which I really enjoy.

"I like to have a laugh and mess about, but now I have to reel that in and remember I have a responsibility to fulfil.

"Yes, I want to play at a higher level, but I want to do it with Sutton United.”

He added: “I am still young and still learning all the time. It’s nice to have Matt [Lockwood] beside me in defence because he has that great experience.

“He’s a really good communicator and seems to have forever on the ball.

"At 37 he may not be as fast as me, or as fast as he used to be, but his reading of the game is excellent.”

United have not played since last week’s 1-0 win over Havant on Tuesday, but they are back in action at Chelmsford on Saturday.

Clough said: “Chelmsford have not had the best of starts but they will be tough opposition of course.

“However, we’re going there to win, we’re going there for three points, nothing less.”

He added: "The aim is to finish as high as we can and hopefully I will be the one to lead United up the leagues."