The Football Association have confirmed Kris Newby is an AFC Sudbury player, despite the wideman claiming he has signed for East Thurrock.
The Yellows boss named the ex-Witham Town goal machine as one of his seven summer signings a fortnight ago.
But he has since seen league rivals East Thurrock United name him in their squad, while Newby – who has not attended the first two weeks of pre-season training at AFC – has given a media interview saying he turned down six offers to re-sign for his hometown club.
It prompted AFC to issue a statement on the issue this week, with Batch saying he is still their player and they have not been contacted about a transfer.
The FA were then able to confirm the player’s registration to AFC Sudbury when contacted by the Free Press.
“We signed him on a contracted and he is registered with the FA,” said Batch, who acknowledged new work commitments for Newby mean he will be unlikely to make matches in Suffolk travelling from Winchester. “I knew there were potential issues with his work and therefore I signed Aryton Coley as well, so I got two people in that position as I knew there might be issues with his availability at the start of the season.
“But he is on a contract with us and it is our choice now whether we put him out on loan or sell him.
“If we put him on loan and his work changes we can have him back later in the season, and if we sell him we can get some money.”
Of Newby’s comments on signing elsewhere, Batch claimed he had ‘tried to resolve a problem that has not been resolved’.
He said they were able to exploit play-off winners Witham Town not exercising an option to extend the 22-goal wideman’s contract over the off-season and may now decide to cash in on it.
“We have done our due diligence and checking, and at this moment in time are benefitting from other people not,” he said.
Meanwhile, Batch said he is not looking to make anymore senior signings as he revealed 61 under-21 players, inclduing ex- Halstead goalkeeper Jack Cherry, have been training with them, ahead of the new under-18s side splitting off.
“We are happy with what we have got,” he said. “Coley and Newby play exactly the same position and we also have got three very talented youngsters in (Jordan) Blackwell, (Payton) Swatman and Scotty Kemp that can play that role and they have just as much chance of playing.”
One of the club’s other new signings, 31-year-old boxing coach Ryan Maxwell, will also combine his playing role with taking strength and conditioning sessions.
“We hope it will help with our injury prevention,” said Batch.
* The club’s first pre-season friendly at Walsham-le-Willows on July 5 has been cancelled due to pitch work with AFC happy not to replace it.
* Week eight winners of the AFC Gold fundraiser are: £100 E Sawyer (297), Long Melford, £10 K Wright (144), Lavenham, £10 S Thompson (121) Great Cornard.