Ferguson is fighting to keep Cushley at the Showgrounds
Glenn Ferguson has warned his wanted man that the grass is not always greener in new pastures. Sky Blue talisman David Cushley's contract is up at the end of the season with Linfield and Crusaders leading the race to snap him up.
The talented winger's stock rose even more on Saturday when he scored what must be a hot favourite for goal of the season with a spectacular effort from all of 50 yards against the Blues.
It is a goal that has been shown across the globe and not the first mouth-opener that the former Lisburn Distillery man can boast in an impressive collection of stunning strikes.
Ferguson has already spoken to Cushley, who has 11 goals this season, to keep him at Warden Street and wants an answer this week as to his future.
"He's a Ballymena United player until the end of the season and if I have my way that won't change and hopefully beyond," explained Ferguson.
"We have made him an offer, Linfield and Crusaders have made an offer but it is up to David Cushley now - the ball is in his court.
"I've told him I need to know this week one way or another so we can plan ahead but we are hopeful and would like him to stay and hopefully he will."
Whether Cushley could force his way into Stephen Baxter's title-chasing side or into David Healy's remoulding of the Blues is another matter and one Ferguson has stressed to the 26-year-old.
"I've spoken to him about that. I was at Linfield for a long time and I know the amount of players that come and go and some people sign for Linfield just so they can wear a Linfield tracksuit," said Ferguson.
"But if you have a real desire to want to play football you have to be good enough and consistent enough to play in a Linfield team for a long time.
"Crusaders work off the same idea, you have to be good enough and consistent enough to stay in the team.
"I've spoken to him about it and if I'm honest do I think he's consistent enough to play in both of those teams? No I don't.
"Is he good enough, yes, but will they take a one in three or a one in four where we can at Ballymena because we can't attract the big players, while they can and have big players who can come in his place.
"We've talked to him about it, other players have spoken to him about it and to be honest although I think he's a gem I think David Healy and Stephen Baxter have their doubts about signing him.
"But they are in a position if he signs and doesn't play it doesn't bother them, but I still think they have their doubts."
Healy has already added left-back Ross Gaynor to his squad this week and he, or indeed any other of Cushley's suitors, could test Ferguson's resolve to hold onto his prize asset with a cash offer in January rather than waiting until the end of the season to snap him up on a free transfer.