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Latics boss looks at strike pair

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 28 January 2014

ATHLETIC are maintaining an interest in a pair of attack-minded trialists who have impressed in training.

But manager Lee Johnson has shut the door on a permanent return for Joseph Mills.

Blyth Spartans forward Dan Maguire is set to return to give Johnson a second look at his raw talent.

“He showed a little bit,” said Johnson on the 20-year-old plumber. “He retains a natural instinct.

“When we moved to a bigger pitch doing finishing drills he was very good, so we have invited him again.”

John-Paul Kissock, the Macclesfield man currently training with the Boundary Park club, is a player for whom the Athletic boss has a long-standing admiration.

“I’ve always liked him. Whether or not we can do something, I don’t know. He has good pedigree. But what is his best position? He is also small and we have plenty of those. He has got something, though, definitely.”

Johnson suggested there could be a couple of additions this week, after tonight’s Wolves test at Boundary Park.

A new forward to fill the gap left by Adam Rooney is the primary focus, with Johnson keen for a deal to be a building block for next season. A loan return for Mills has been ruled out, but Johnson would like to introduce players with a similar profile.

“A loan is only a short-term fix and we don’t need that right now,” Johnson said. “There are definitely maybe going to be a couple of ‘ins’ to help the group. We are a little short on experienced numbers.

“We want to set the tone for next season.”

Comments

lets hope we get the players in you want because you need some luck.John-Paul Kissock is OK but not great and we got players in that position so look eleswhere please.

I think we just need an experienced " big daft 'un " up front to take the stick for the other lads, and get the odd goal of the back of his head, backside ,etc. in the Jim. Fryatt , Andy Lochead, Jon Parkin mould.

Danny Maguire might is probably not an ideal fit into this squad till next transfer window because he is not experienced in this league and Johnson "apparently" is looking for players to come in with experience. (unless of he is lightening quick and a Messi touch about him of course)

For heavens sake stop looking to build a team of dwarfs. In this division you need some big physical players or you will get pushed around. Hang on a minute, we are pushed around on a weekly basis! We need a stopper in midfield and a big lad up front. No disrespect to Maguire or Kissock but we need experienced players, not non-league players untried at this level. NOT THE ANSWER

I think most people with any football knowledge knows where the problems lie with our forwards - None of them have the strength & ability to play as a target man & someone needs to be sourced who can do this job. Disagree with the managers comment about loan being only a short term fix & not required as a quality target man MAY just keep us in the division.Hope Lee your judgement has not been clouded by the Peterborough game !!!

 

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