TRINITY manager Steve Charles and chairman Peter Swann presented a united front when asked about Adam Smith's future, saying: "We'll do what is best for Gainsborough Trinity."
Since Trinity allowed 21-year-old Smith to join Conference Premier side York City in November, City boss Martin Foyle has made no secret of his admiration for the player.
However, both Swann and Charles believe that the club should be rewarded for signing the squad to contracts at the start of the season.
Smith has returned to the Northolme after two goals in seven appearances, and the player has also made clear his desire to move back into full time football.
Trinity chairman Peter Swann took time out from his holiday to confirm the situation to the Standard.
He said: "I can confirm we have asked for a fee for Adam Smith, and that was not forthcoming."
"York City have now offered a quarter of the asking price, which we have rejected. They know the price, so they either pay for him, or leave him alone so he can give 100 per cent to his contracted club."
Foyle, who took over at KitKat Crescent in November, also accused Trinity of 'playing games' over the deal, a claim rejected by manager Charles. Smith is currently out of action with a hamstring problem.
However, there is better news for Liam Needham. The Trinity midfielder has begun light training in a bid to return to first team action.
Needham, 22, has been struggling with ankle and groin problems, and has yet to make an appearance this season.
Trinity still continue to be linked with Rushden & Diamonds striker Daryl Clare, who is looking for a club closer to his Lincolnshire home.
The 30-year-old striker last week failed to agree terms with Kings Lynn, who were unable to meet his wage demands.
This Saturday sees Trinity make the long trip to the Cumbrian coast to take on a struggling Workington Town side. Trinity will be boosted by massive away support, with a group known as The Dumfries 15 descending on the town.
Numbers have been growing as more and more people from the Scottish region have declared their intention to travel via the Trinity forum.
Gainsborough Trinity directors also issued an apology this week, after the farcical fashion in which Saturday's visit to Fleetwood was postponed.
The team coach, supporters' coach and several cars had arrived at the ground before the game was called off, despite temperatures in Lancashire dipping as low as minus five over night.
Fleetwood had called a local referee in to inspect the pitch at 12:30pm who deemed the ground fit to play, only for the match referee to decide otherwise.
The Trinity board have pledged to attempt to recover some of the cost from Fleetwood, after what was described as a "ridiculous and unprofessional situation."