Bideford striker Owen Howe has turned down an approach from Tiverton Town.
The forward has scored three goals as the Robins have made an excellent start to the season in the Calor League Premier Division.
Howe, who lives in Tiverton, has attracted interest from his local club who play a division below Bideford and have struggled for goals this season.
But he has decided to stay having impressed in the first five games playing up front alongside Kevin Squire or Sean Downing.
Sean Joyce, the Bideford manager, said: "It's a big thing to turn your home town club down.
"They made a lucrative offer to him but for football reasons he's staying.
"He's stepped up to this league, he's enjoying it and he's scoring goals."
Tiverton have missed out on a potential meeting with Bideford in the FA Cup after a surprise defeat to Larkhall Athletic, of the Toolstation Western League on Saturday.
Bideford will host Larkhall, of Bath, in first round qualifying on September 14.
Joyce was delighted with a "tremendous" 1-0 win at Bashley on Saturday when a goal from Saul Halpin sent them up to third.
"When you consider we were missing Stevie Orchard, Ben Gerring, Sean Downing and Steve Oliver and Nick Milton is out injured, getting a result like that is a great win," said Joyce.
"We were a bit wasteful in the first half. We probably scored the hardest chance."
The manager praised inexperienced goalkeeper Ben Hirst who did well to keep a clean sheet after standing in for the suspended Oliver.