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Waiting game

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 13 June 2014

ATHLETIC manager Lee Johnson is in talks with more prospective players — but don’t expect any imminent deals.

The list of potential signings is being worked through by the Boundary Park hierarchy.

“We’re chipping away at our list,” Johnson said. “We are talking to a couple, but nothing is close to happening.’

Johnson retains an interest in mercurial playmaker Gary Harkins, who produced some magical moments on loan to Oldham from St Mirren. Harkins (29) is currently negotiating a release from his contract with the Paisley club.

But Athletic’s manager has played down a rumour concerning free agent Francois Zoko, a forward with an impressive record — 16 goals in 41 games — for relegated Stevenage. He isn’t a current target, Johnson says.

Athletic players are back in training in two weeks. Pre-season friendlies against Newcastle, Huddersfield and Melbourne City at Boundary Park will give supporters their first chance to watch the new signings in action.

The Melbourne game on July 19 could feature the A-League club’s new signing Damien Duff, who joined this week. Spanish striker David Villa is to turn out for the Australian club on loan before making his move to New York City next March.

While it is highly unlikely he will be making an appearance at Boundary Park so soon after his involvement in the World Cup, that might not stop Athletic’s marketing drive.

“We’ll put David Villa on the poster anyway,” joked Johnson.


please do what ever it takes but get us a goal scorer just maybe you will win me over. Zoko, i understand isn't your first target but who ever you got lined up get the deal done. Gary Harkins we must get back good player on his day.

simple ,tempt phillips out of retirment.he has another season in him and at div 1 20 goals

Ibby I doubt even winning the champions league would win you over where LJ is concerned . .. Fickle

Combo, Ibby is a supporter just like you and entitled to his opinion. Combo you don't have all the answers and by the way last season was rubbish and boring to watch, not enough goals scored and not enough goals from midfield, that's a fact, one goal a game is not good enough. The only time we kept the same team was when Tommy Wright came back otherwise Lee Johnson would still be tinkering with the team.


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