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.”
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